Incident Summary:

3/07/2001: The manager of the Titanite Explosifs store and eight of his family members were taken hostage around 7pm at their home outside of Grenoble, France, by suspected Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) militants. The militants then proceeded to use the manager's access to raid the company's store and steal 1.6 tons of dynamite, detonating cable to the length of 10km, and 20,000 detonators. The family was released two hours later after the trucks ETA loaded were gone.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Residence on the outskirts of Grenoble

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Titanite Explosifs
Specific Description Titanite Explosifs store on the outskirts of Grenoble
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Private citizens
Specific Description The manager of the Titanite Explosifs store and his family
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 9
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 5
Days of Kidnapping 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Sources note that nine people were held hostage, including two children. One ETA member was arrested at a police roadblock following the incident, armed and carrying fake license plates. The first source says that a store was robbed, and then goes on to say that two sites were robbed. The second source says that a warehouse was robbed.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Eta dynamite raid in Grenoble," The Financial Times, March 9, 2001.
"European press review for Friday 9 Mar 01," BBC, March 9, 2001.