Incident Summary:

08/05/2001: A firebomb attack injured two Basque police officers in an ambush by unidentified hooded assailants in Portugalet, Biscay province. Spain. The two victims were injured with serious burns. The assailants were suspected supporters of Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA).

GTD ID:
200108050011

When:
2001-08-05

Country:
Spain

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Basque Country

City:
Portugalete

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish Police
Specific Description Two police officers in Portugalete, Spain
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
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 There was a discrepancy in reports regarding the number of policemen attacked and the number of injuries.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“Three police injured in attack by ETA supporters,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 5, 2001.
“Basque police hurt in firebomb attack,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, August 6, 2001.