Incident Summary:

11/23/2001: Two Basque regional police officers were shot dead while directing traffic in Beasain, Guipuzcoa Province, Spain. Authorities suspected that the Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) was responsible for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Basque Regional Police
Specific Description Basque regional police officers in Beasain
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 In March 2001, the ETA claimed it would begin targeting Basque police officers.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Spain: Two Basque Police Officers Murdered by ETA As They Direct Traffic,” Madrid RNE Radio 1, November 23, 2001."
"2 Basque Police Officers Are Killed; Separatist Group Is Blamed,” The New York Times, November 24, 2001."
"Spanish Rally Protests Latest Killings Blamed on Basques Separatists,” Associated Press Worldstream, November 24, 2001."