Incident Summary:

08/18/2001: A car bomb placed by Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) exploded at the Cala Font hotel in Salou on the Mediterranean coast, in Catalonia, Spain. The bomb exploded in the hotel parking lot as bomb disposal experts were about to try to defuse it; 13 people were lightly wounded.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Spanish Tourism Business
Specific Description Cala Font Hotel in Salou
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Tourists Visiting Spain
Specific Description Tourists at the Cala Font Hotel in Salou, Spain
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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 Some 50 million tourists visit Spain each year and the industry is vital to the country's economy.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“International News,” Associated Press Worldstream, August 18, 2001.
“Explosion rocks hotel in Spanish tourist resort,” Agence France Presse, August 18, 2001.
“Six foreign minors, Briton injured by ETA hotel car bomb,” EFE, August 18, 2001.