Incident Summary:

4/17/2008: On Thursday, at 0600, an ETA bomb exploded in front of the Socialist Party office in Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain. The attack left seven police officers wounded and notable damage to the building.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Location Details:
Socialist Party offices in La Pena district in Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Socialist Party office in Bilbao
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An unknown explosive type was used in the bombing.
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 / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Reuters, "Bomb Wounds 7 Basque Police After ETA Call," Reuters, April 17, 2008."
"Lexis Nexis, "ETA Bomb Blast Hits Socialist Party Offices in Bilbao," Agence France Presse, April 17, 2008."