Incident Summary:

12/31/2008: On Wednesday morning, at 1105, in Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain, assailants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), wounding one civilian and damaging the headquarters of the Basque Radio and Television (EiTB) television station. The force of the blast blew out the windows of the glass facade and smoke covered the six story building. The Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) claimed responsibility.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Location Details:
The attack took place in Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Basque Radio and Television Station (EiTB)
Specific Description The Basque Radio and Television (EiTB) station
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 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: Unknown)
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
"Guardian, "Car Bomb Hits Basque TV Station," Guardian, December 31, 2008,"
"National Counterterrorism Center, "One Civilian Wounded in a Vehicle Borne Improvise Explosive Device Attack by Basque Fatherland and Liberty Assailants in Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 2, 2009."