Incident Summary:

05/14/2008: On Wednesday, a VBIED exploded outside police barracks in Legutiana, Alva, Spain. The vehicle used was a Citroen Berlingo van. One guard was killed and four others were wounded in the explosion. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but police blamed Basque Fatherland and Liberty militants.




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: Police
Name of Entity Spanish Law Enforcement
Specific Description Police barracks in Legutiana
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A VBIED was used in the attack.
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 1 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
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"Victoria Burnett, "ETA Bomb Attack Kills 1 Police Officer in Northern Spain, New York Times, May 15, 2008."
"WTOP News, "Car Bomb Blamed on Basque Militants Kills Policeman in Spain," WTOP News,"