Incident Summary:

07/12/2005: A small bomb exploded outside the Italian Cultural Institute in Barcelona, Spain, injuring a policeman and killing a bomb-sniffing dog. Authorities suspect local members of Italian anarchist groups.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Italian Cultural Institute
Specific Description The Italian Cultural Institute in Barcelona, Spain.
Nationality of Target Italy
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish police officers in Barcelona, Spain.
Specific Description Spanish police officers were called to the scene by the staff members of the Italian Cultural Institute.
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Officials say the explosive was a small, rudimentary bomb. It was a coffee pot with wires coming out of it.
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 Though one police officer was injured, the bomb-sniffing dog, a labrador, was instantly killed by the blast.
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 / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sarah Andrews, “Explosion at Italian cultural institute in Barcelona injures policeman,” Associated Press Worldstream, July 12, 2005
ANSA English Media Service, “Bomb Blast At Italian Centre In Barcelona Injures One; See Also: Bomb Explodes Blast At Italian Cultural...” July 12, 2005
Agence France Presse, “Explosion at Italian cultural center in Barcelona,” July 12, 2005