Incident Summary:

12/03/2008: On Wednesday afternoon, at 1300, millitants shot dead an entrepreneur in Ignacio de Loyola Square, in the town of Azpeitia in San Sebastian, Spain, two militants fired several shots, one in the head and the other in the chest, at Ignacio Uria Mendizabal, who for a construction company involved in a project to build high-speed railways in the Basque region of northern Spain. Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Location Details:
The attack took place in Azpeitia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description A businessman working for a high-speed railway construction company
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were 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: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Civilian Killed in Armed Attack by ETA in Azpeitia, Pais Vasco, Spain," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 02, 2009).
BBC, "ETA Warns Rail Workers are Target," (January 21, 2009)
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, "Suspected ETA Members Shoot Dead Entrepreneur in Spain," LexisNexis Academic, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 3, 2008.