Incident Summary:

01/20/2006: In the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, a policeman was slightly wounded in a bomb blast. After being alerted by local residents, the police officer was examining the suspicious-looking object at a labour office building, when the bomb went off. Authorities attribute the bomb to the Basque separatist organization, ETA.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Spanish Labor Office Building
Specific Description Employment Institute Office in Bilbao, Spain.
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish police
Specific Description Spanish police officer investigating a local report of a suspicious-looking object.
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 Pressure Trigger
Weapon Details
The explosion went off while a police officer was inspecting the bomb, which was in a bag.
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) (suspected) 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
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, “Spanish policeman slightly wounded in bomb blast,” January 20, 2006
The Irish Times, “In Short,” January 30, 2006.