Incident Summary:

01/12/2002: A car bomb exploded in Bilbao, Spain injuring two people. The injury was caused by falling glass. The car bomb was a R-18 stolen at gun-point. Apparently a man from the Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) called daily Gara announcing the planting of the car bomb.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Spanish Citizen of Bilbao
Specific Description Spanish Citizens
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A car bomb 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) 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 / 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
“Warning preceded Bilbao blast, one person hurt,” RNE Radio 1, January 12, 2002.
“Car bomb explodes in Basque city of Bilbao,” Agence France Presse, January 12, 2002.