Incident Summary:

04/22/2006: Arsonists set fire to a shop in Baranain, Spain. The shop was owned by a town councillor of the Spanish conservative party. Fifty-six homes were evacuated. Three policemen and a baby were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation. Authorities attributed the attack to the Basque separatist group, ETA.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity A hardware store owned by locals
Specific Description A hardware store in Baranain, Spain owned by Jose Antonio Mendive, the Union of the Navarrese People Party spokesman of Baranain, which was surrounded by housing.
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish local police
Specific Description Spanish police officers who arrived to help at the scene of the fire.
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Innocent civilian
Specific Description A baby who was at the location.
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 56 families were evacuated due to the fire. Officials stated that this act of arson violated the ceasefire signed at the time by the ETA.
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 / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
BBC Monitoring Europe-Political, “Basque peace process must be put on hold after attack-Spanish daily,” April 23, 2006.
Agence France Presse, “Spanish opposition blames Basque militants for arson attack,” April 22, 2006.
Associated Press Worldstream, “Basque separatist politicians criticize weekend fire bombings in Spain,” April 25, 2006.