On the afternoon of 30 July 2009, Civil Guard officers Diego Salvá Lezáun and Carlos Enrique Sáenz de Tejada were walking to their official vehicle, a Nissan Patrol which was parked in front of the reports centre in Palmanova, Calvià (Balearic Islands), to drive it to the mechanic’s. Around 2 pm, as they were getting into the car dressed in plain clothes, and before they started the engine, an explosive device attached to the underside of the car went off. The car and its occupants were blown apart.
Diego Salvá Lezáun was 27 years old and was a trainee civil guard. After suffering a serious motorbike accident which had left him in a coma for 23 days, he was supposed to begin work again on 31 July, but was so keen to start that he had turned up for work the morning before. He was assigned to accompany his instructor, Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, to have the official car serviced.