Incident Summary:

08/20/2001: A bomb hidden in a toy car exploded killed one and wounded two others in San Sebastian, Spain. The device exploded while a 16-month-old boy was playing with it in his family's car, killing his grandmother and leaving the toddler blinded The toy car was left in a bar owned by the family in the old quarter of San Sebastian that is a haven for youth gangs sympathetic to Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA).




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country

San Sebastian

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in San Sebastian, Spain
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A small amount of gunpowder, which was pressed into a small metal container and inserted into a toy remote-controlled car, was used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
“Basque family in toy bomb horror,” The Australian, August 21, 2001.
“ETA sympathizers blamed for San Sebastian bomb,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 21, 2001.
Elizabeth Nash, “Exploding toy car kills woman in Spain,” The Independent (London), August 21, 2001.