AFTER 40 years of murder and mayhem on Spanish soil terrorist organization
BASQUE terrorist group
The first attack was on
The following day, another bomb exploded on a
In the summer of 1986, up to nine bombs were set off in hotels in Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Estepona and
After five years of peace, they returned in February 1991 when
In April that year, the target was the Guardia Civil barracks in Torremolinos where a car bomb injured 14 people.
1996 saw another summer of terror with several small bombs along the Costa del Sol and
The following year they placed bombs under the vehicles of Rincon de la Victoria mayor Jose Maria Gomez Muñoz and councillor Francisco Robles. However, a local woman noticed “something strange” under one of the cars, the police were alerted and the attacks prevented.
The only victim of
Just four days later, the same terrorists who had killed Martin Carpena attempted to take the life of socialist Jose Asenjo, with a bomb under his car, in which he, his wife and his 15-year-old daughter were travelling, which failed to explode.
This led to mass demonstrations against terrorism in
In 2001, they targeted the hub of tourism on the Costa del Sol with a car bomb in the car park at
Between June 21 and 22, 2002, there were up to five attacks with car bombs in Mijas, and outside Las Piramides Hotel in Fuengirola and the Hotel Melia Don Pepe in
In August 2008, three bombs were placed in the Guadalmar area, Puerto Marina in Benalmadena and on the N-340 between Torremolinos and
Apart from these attacks in the province, seven Guardia Civil officers from
Antonio Lopez Cazorla, 37, from Alcaucin died in Barcelona in 1977; Andres Silverio Martin, 25, from Gaucin, died in Getxo in 1978; Juan Jimenez Gomez, 58, from Benaojan, was killed in his own office in Guipuzcoa in 1978; Juan Garcia Leon, 21, from Malaga, was shot eight times in Eibar in 1980; Francisco Montenegro Jimenez, 44, from Archidona, was shot while having a coffee in Barcelona in 1981; Francisco Muriel Muñoz, 30, from Archidona, was killed in Guipuzcoa in 1986; Andres Fernandez Pertierra, 20, brought up in Malaga, was killed with 11 others in Madrid in 1986; Juan Manuel Piñuel, a resident of Malaga, 40, was killed in an attack on Guardia Civil barracks in Legutiano, Alava, in 2008, he was due to return to Malaga to be with his wife and daughter.
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