Each morning, a Civil Guard convoy consisting of a coach, a minibus and an off-road vehicle took seventy officers, aged between 18 and 25, from the Traffic School on Calle Príncipe de Vergara to the motorcycle practice ground in Venta de la Rubia, on the outskirts of Madrid. On the morning of 14 June 1986, ETA terrorists planted a van containing 35 kilograms of explosives and various kilograms of shrapnel in Plaza de la República Dominicana. They detonated the explosives as the Civil Guard convoy was passing Number 7. Twelve civil guards were killed and a further 78 people (including officers and passers-by) were injured by the huge blast.
Andrés José Fernández Pertierra was originally from Asturias, but had grown up in Malaga. “I went out to work and my husband heard on the television that there had been a bomb attack on a bus, but he didn’t tell me there were civil guards on board, because he didn’t want me to worry —recalls María Pilar Pertierra, Andrés’s mother. I remember I said: ‘My God, their poor families’. And later I heard that they had killed my son.”