Incident Summary:

07/29/2009: On Wednesday night around 0400, in Burgos, Spain, 46 people were slightly injured when a car bomb, planted by suspected members of the Basque separatist group ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom), exploded outside a police compound in northern Spain. The blast, which occurred in the city of Burgos, ripped away most of the outer wall of the 14-storey barracks, and gouged a crater that had been filled with water from broken underground pipes.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Castile and Leon


Location Details:
The attack took place in Burgos, Spain.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish Civil Guard
Specific Description A Civil Guard police barracks
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Guardian, The (London, England), "ETA Blamed for Bombs Targeting Tourists in Mallorca" The Guardian, August 09, 2009."
"China View, "Fourty-Six People Wounded in Car Bomb in Burgos," (August 03, 2009)."