Incident Summary:

05/25/2005: Two suspected members of Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) detonated a car bomb containing 18-20 kilograms of explosive material in Madrid, Spain. 34 people were injured when the bomb exploded inside a stolen van that had been parked along a busy street. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilan(s)
Specific Description Madrid Civilians
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
18-20 kg of explosive materials were used to blow up a van.
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 Authorities identified the perpetrators through security cameras from a building near the explosion.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 34 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 34
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Spanish Local Police Spoke to ETA Member Involved in Bomb Attack,” La Razon, May 28, 2005.
“Bomb Contained up to 20 Kilos of Explosives – Spanish Minister,” EFE, May 25, 2005.
“Thirty – Four Injured in Spanish Bomb Attack,” RNE Radio 1, May 25, 2005.