Incident Summary:

05/13/2002: An explosive device made out of two camping gas cylinders and several lead balls exploded at a La Caixa Bank cash dispenser in Barcelona, Spain. It caused slight injuries to two men and damage to the bank’s office building. Some nearby homes were damaged in the blast as well. The Spanish news organization, Efe, reported that anti-systems groups may have been responsible for the bombing. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




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 La Caixa Bank
Specific Description La Caixa Bank cash dispenser in Barcelona
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The bomb was composed of two camping gas cylinders and lead balls.
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 Autumn of 2001, there were similar attacks on La Caixa Bank cash dispensers in Barcelona.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
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
“Small bomb damages bank, hurts two in Barcelona, Spain,” EFE, May 13, 2002.