Incident Summary:

05/30/2003: A bomb was placed in the car of policemen in Sanguesa, Spain. Two policemen were killed and a one seriously injured in the attack. Five civilians were also wounded in the bombing. The police blamed the Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) for the incident.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish Police
Specific Description The car of policemen in Sanguesa, Spain
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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
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 The explosion came five days after Basque local elections that excluded hundreds of pro-independence candidates allegedly linked to ETA's outlawed political wing.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Daniel Woolls, "Car bomb kills two in northern Spain; officials blame Basque separatists," The Associated Press, May 30, 2003.
Elizabeth Nash, "Car bomb blamed on ETA terrorists kills two policemen," The Independent, May 31, 2003.
"Two policemen killed in bomb attack in northern Spain," Agence France Presse, May 30, 2003.