Incident Summary:

06/19/2009: On Friday morning at 0905, in Arrigorriaga, Vizkaya/Biscay, Spain, an improvised explosive device exploded as a police chief started his vehicle, killing him and destroying the vehicle. Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) claimed responsibility.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Location Details:
The attack took place in Arrigorriaga, Vizkaya/Biscay, Spain.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spainish Law Enforcement
Specific Description A police chief was targeted in this attack.
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An 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) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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 Police Chief Killed in IED Attack by ETA in Arrigorriaga, Pais Vasco, Spain," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 19, 2009.
Agence France Presse / AFP (France), "Spanish Elite Attend Funeral of Car-Bombed Policeman," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse / AFP (France), June 20, 2009.
New York Times (NY), "Car Bomb Kills Police Official in Spain," New York Times (NY), June 20, 2009.