Incident Summary:

03/21/2008: ETA members detonated a car bomb charged with 70kg (154lb) of explosives outside a police station in Calahorra, Spain at 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) lightly injuring one officer and damaging two adjacent buildings. The ETA's enduring motive and ultimate goal is to pressure, Spanish prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, to broker a peace deal.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

La Rioja


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity The Spanish Civil Guard
Specific Description Barracks of the civil guard
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
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
"ETA bombs police barracks in northern Spain: authorities," Agence France Presse, March 21, 2008.
Graham Keeley, "Fears of summer bombings as Eta steps up attacks: Security services say resorts may be targeted: Move designed to pressure Zapatero for peace deal," The Guardian, March 24, 2008.