Incident Summary:

12/17/2002: Three members of Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA ) killed Spanish Civil Guard policeman Antonio Molina and injured another guard at a checkpoint in Collado Villalba, on the outskirts of Madrid. The police stopped a car carrying between two and five Basque separatists. The car was carrying explosives that were presumably going to be used in an attack in the streets of Madrid. At least one attacker was injured and captured and at least one more stole a car and escaped.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Collado Villalba

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish Civil Guard policeman
Specific Description Antonio Molina
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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 1
“Spanish dailies react to ETA gunfight near Madrid,” El Pais, December 18, 2002.
“Policeman killed as ETA bombing foiled,” The New Zealand Herald, December 18, 2002.
"“Civil Guard officer killed in "ETA" attack near Madrid,” RNE Radio, December 17, 2002."