Incident Summary:

08/04/2002: Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) killed two people in a car bombing attack and wounded 30 others outside a barracks of the civil guard in the Costa Blanca resort, near the town of Alicante. Among the fatalities and injured were several civil guards and their relatives.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Alicante

Location Details:
A resort near the town of Alicante

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Spanish Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the Costa Blanca resort
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Spanish Civil Guard
Specific Description Civil Guardsmen and their families
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“AFP: Two Killed in Bomb Attack in Spain, Interior Minister Blames ETA,” AFP, August 4, 2002.
“Funeral held for victims of ETA car bomb in southeast Spain,” Madrid EFE, August 5, 2002.
“France's Chirac strongly condemns car bomb in southeastern Spain,” AFP, August 6, 2002.