Incident Summary:

10/12/2001: A car bomb exploded in an underground car park in Madrid, Spain, injuring 14 people. The bomb was in a Ford Fiesta, and caused massive damage to the parking lot and destroyed 66 cars. A call warning of an attack was placed by a man claiming to be a member of Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA), but the claim could not be confirmed.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Car Park
Specific Description Underground car park in Madrid, Spain
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Ford Fiesta 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Car bomb explodes in Madrid,” United Press International, October 11, 2001.
"Madrid car bomb near U.S. Marines injures 14 people,” Manchester Evening News, October 13, 2001."