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2009 Palma Nova bombing

Location of Majorca in the Balearic Islands
Location Palma Nova, Spain
Date 30 July 2009
13:50pm (UTC+2)
Target Guardia Civil barracks
Attack type Limpet bomb
Death(s) 2
Perpetrator(s) ETA
Number of participant(s) 2

The 2009 Palma Nova bombing occurred on July 30, 2009,[1] in which two Civil Guards, Diego Salvá Lezaún and Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, were killed after a car bomb, placed under their Nissan Patrol car, exploded outside the barracks of the Guarda Civil in Palma Nova, 500 meters from the busy Son Matias beach in Palma Nova, Majorca, Spain.[2][3] On 9 August 2009, in a statement sent to the Basque newspaper, Gara, the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) admitted responsibility.[4]

The attack was the deadliest ETA attack since December 2007 and was the second bombing in Spanish territory in two days after a similar incident in Burgos in northern Spain the previous day: that attack had not brought about any fatalities.[5]

The Guardia Civil immediately declared lockdown of Majorca, with Palma de Mallorca Airport and all ports closed in order to contain the perpetrators on the island.[6] Checkpoints were set up across the island and Palma de Mallorca Airport and all ports were temporarily closed.

Shortly before 8:00pm the Guardia Civil's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team (TEDAX) caried out a controlled explosion on another bomb, found underneath another Nissan Patrol vehicle, near the old barracks of Miquel del Sants Oliver.

The Spanish Government have issued a warning to tourists to be cautious whilst travelling around Palma and surrounding areas. Majorca's largest tourist attraction is the city of Magaluf which many young tourists visit, extra precautions have been put into place as there is speculation that a bombing in this area will take place.

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Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, the current Spanish Interior Minister, said, "We have always known that [ETA] are murderers and savages ... this does not make them stronger, but it undoubtedly makes them more dangerous." [1]

The Spanish Government released photos of six ETA members that they believe carried out the attack.[7]

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