Incident Summary:

09/22/2008: On Monday, at 0100, a car bomb exploded killing a soldier, wounding one solider and wounding five others in Santona, Cantabria, Spain. The vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded at a military academy and damaged the building and several nearby vehicles and shops. The Basque Fatherland and Liberty claimed responsibility for the attack by calling the Highway Assistance Association before the attack.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The bomb exploded at a military academy in Santona, Cantabria, Spain.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Spanish Military
Specific Description A military academy
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
Weapon Details
A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jason Webb, "Car Bomb Kills Soldier in Spain, ETA Blamed," Reuters, September 22, 2008.
Lexis Nexis, "Spanish Soldier Killed in Suspected ETA Car Bomb Attack," Agence France Presse, September 22, 2008.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Soldier Killed, One Other, Five Civilians Wounded in VBIED Attack by ETA in Santona, Cantabria, Spain," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, September 3, 2009.