Incident Summary:

05/01/2002: Attackers used a time device to explode a bomb located inside of a car in a no-parking area at 4:55 P.M. just outside of Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium hours before a major soccer match was to begin. The Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) gave a warning phone call to a local newspaper and claimed responsibility. 17 people were injured in the attack, but there were no fatalities.




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 Sports Venue
Specific Description Bernabeu Stadium
Nationality of Target Spain
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
Weapon Details
A stolen Renault was packed with 50 pounds of explosives.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks in Madrid on 05/01/2002 (cf. 200205010001-02). Less than an hour after this explosion another car was blown up in the southern part of the city. The second explosion appeared to be an attempt to destroy evidence from the first bombing. The attack at Bernabeu Stadium generated great media attention for the Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) cause because the soccer match being played that day was of great importance and all of Europe was be paying attention. The perpetrator who made the warning phone call, Imanol Miner Villanueva, along with fellow perpetrator Guillermo San Argimiro were both arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison, Spain's maximum sentence for their crime.
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 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Five Hurt as Car Bombs Rocks Spanish Capital,” Daily Post (Liverpool), May 2, 2002.
“Car Bombs Rock the Capital of Soccer; Madrid,” Daily Mail (London), May 2, 2002.
"French Arrests Five Suspected ETA Members," Agence France Presse, May 2, 2002."