2009 Burgos bombing

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2009 Burgos bombing
Part of the Basque conflict
Atentado de Burgos 1.jpg
The Civil Guard Barracks in Burgos after the attack.
Location Burgos, Spain
Date 29 July 2009
4:30 – (UTC+2)
Target Civil Guard barracks
Attack type
van bomb
Deaths 0
Non-fatal injuries
65
Suspected perpetrators
ETA

The 2009 Burgos bombing occurred on 29 July 2009, when at least 65 people were injured after a van bomb carrying more than 300 kg of explosive went off outside a Civil Guard barracks in the northern city of Burgos, Spain. The attack was blamed on Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA).[1] Several children were among the 65 wounded in the attack, which was targeted at Civil Guards, their family members[citation needed] and citizens[citation needed], instead of only officers as ETA targets in most of its attacks.

Some days before the attack, Spanish police warned that the organization might be trying a series of van bomb attacks[2] after they found information of three vans being carried to Spain in a document seized from arrested members Asier Borrero, Itziar Plaza and Iurgi Garitagoitia a few weeks before the attack.[3] Police now fear this might be the first of a series of attacks which the group is said to be planning this summer in Spain.[4]

Occurrence[edit]

About 120 people, one-third of them children, were sleeping in the building when the bomb went off at around 4:00 am local time (0200 GMT), blowing off most of its facade. The blast also left a two-metre (six-foot) deep crater in the street outside the barracks and heavily damaged the 14 storey residential complex and other buildings in the area.[5]

Aftermath[edit]

The day after the bombing, a car bomb explosion on the island of Majorca killed two civil guards, Carlos Sáenz de Tejada García, 28, and Diego Salva Lezaun, 26. The two attacks came few hours before the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the organization.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "300 kilos de explosivo para causar una masacre en la casa cuartel de Burgos" (in Spanish). El Mundo. July 29, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-08-01. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Intentan localizar otras dos furgonetas listas para atentar" (in Spanish). El Correo. July 29, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-08-01. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Spain: Warning, searching for two ETA car bombs". AGI. July 29, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Buscan otras dos furgonetas que ETA podría utilizar para nuevos atentados" (in Spanish). 20minutos.es. July 29, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ The Guardian

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°21′23″N 3°41′36″W / 42.35639°N 3.69333°W / 42.35639; -3.69333