Incident Summary:

07/30/2009: On Thursday afternoon at about 1400, near Calvia, Islas Baleares, Spain, assailants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) that was attached to a Civil Guard vehicle, killing two Civil Guard officers and destroying the vehicle. Authorities found a second IED attached to a nearby vehicle and safely defused it. Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) claimed responsibility.

GTD ID:
200907300018

When:
2009-07-30

Country:
Spain

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Balearic Islands

City:
Near Calvia

Location Details:
The attack took place near Calvia, Islas Baleares, Spain.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish Law Enforcement
Specific Description A Civil Guard vehicle
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
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
Sources
"CNN (Cable News Network), "Two Guards Die in Latest Spain Bombing," CNN (Cable News Network), July 30, 2009."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Police Officers Killed in IED Attack by ETA near Calvia, Islas Baleares, Spain," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 07, 2010."
"Birmingham Post (United Kingdom), "Police Die in Island Blast," Birmingham Post (United Kingdom), July 31, 2009."