Incident Summary:

03/09/2001: Suspected members of the Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) group detonated a remote-controlled car bomb early in the morning in Hernani, Gipuzkoa, Spain, killing one police officer and wounding another. Two suspected ETA members were arrested after the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Location Details:
In Hernani, in the province of Gipuzkoa

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Basque regional police officers
Specific Description Inaki Totorika Vega and his partner
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A remotely-triggered car bomb
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 suggest that the police officers were lured to the site of the explosion when they went to move a car that had been left in the road in an area that had seen previous gang vandalism. This is thought to be a growing technique by what has been termed the ""new"" ETA, a generation of younger individuals who took over after organizational restructuring within the ETA organization."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Spain: Basque police hold two over latest ETA killing," Madrid EFE, March 09, 2001."
"G. Gastaminza, "Another group from the Donosti commando' falls following the attack in Hernani," Madrid El Pais, March 10, 2001."
"Two held over Basque bombing," BBC, March 9, 2001."