At 7.05 pm on the evening of 29 May 1991, several ETA members pushed a car bomb containing twelve gas bottles, each containing eighteen kilograms of ammonal into the courtyard of the Civil Guard Barracks in Vic (Barcelona). At that time of day, many of the civil guards’ family members were in their homes and several children were playing in the courtyard.
Once the car, with reverse gear locked, was in the courtyard, terrorist Juan Carlos Monteagudo detonated the explosives by remote control. As a direct result of the explosion, nine people were killed, five of them children, and another 44 were wounded. The General Hospital in Vic was overwhelmed by the number of victims and some of the wounded had to be flown to other hospitals in Barcelona by helicopter.
Amongst the nine people killed by the explosion was Ana Cristina Porras López, who was playing in the courtyard of the barracks in Vic with some friends when the bomb went off. She and two of her playmates were killed instantly. Ana Cristina’s sister, Isabel Porras López, aged seven, was severely injured. Part of her left leg had to be amputated. They were both daughters of Civil Guard Teodoro Porras.