Incident Summary:

10/09/2007: A car bomb exploded in Bilbao, Spain. One person was severely injured. Two other bystanders were also minorly injured. No one claimed responsibility, though authorities suspect the ETA, the Basque separatist group.




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 Local Spanish government
Specific Description The explosive was in the car driven by the bodyguard of a local Spanish city councillor of the Socialist Party. One casualty was the bodyguard of a local official who was opening the car at the time of the explosion
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Innocent civilians
Specific Description Innocent bystanders near the explosion.
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The car exploded when the injured victim opened its door near the old city centre.
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 blast was the most serious of four attacks ETA is alleged to have launched since a peace process made possible by an ETA cease-fire collapsed in June 2007, and the only one resulting in serious injuries.
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 / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
The Associated Press, “Car bomb explodes in Spanish city of Bilbao, injuring politician’s bodyguard,” October 9, 2007.
Associated Press Worldstream, “Bomb explodes in Spanish city of Bilbao, injuring politician’s bodyguard,” October 9, 2007.
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, “ROUNDUP: ETA strike injures bodyguard in northern Spain,” October 9, 2007.