AT 1.50 p.m. on July 30, 2009, a bomb exploded under a Nissan Patrol of the Guardia Civil in Palmanova. The two police officers that were getting into the car, Carlos Sáenz de Tejada García, 28, and Diego Salvà Lezaún, 27 were both killed instantly.
ETA claimed responsibility for the horrible crime and had previously launched attacks in the Balearic Islands but had never killed anyone until this incident. Ten years on from the event and the police are still no closer to identifying who was responsible for the attack and it is unlikely that any further clues will be unearthed after such a long period of time.
Immediately after the attack, all exits from the island including the ports and airports were closed off and a list of suspects was released to the general public in an effort to identify the culprits but to no avail. The families have urged those responsible to come forward or for those with information to notify the authorities but to this day they remain without answers.
The only solace that the families have is that they could receive justice indirectly when the brains behind several attacks are punished. The Audiencia Nacional has four ETA leaders who have already been prosecuted for crimes against humanity in custody. The four were gang leaders from October 2004 and could be further prosecuted for attacks that were carried out, among them, the one from Mallorca.