Ignacio Bañuelos (26) was a street vendor who lived in the Uribarri district of Bilbao. On 15 November 1989, a bomb exploded under the light truck he used for scrap dealing. It had been attached by an ETA unit. Ignacio was struck by the full force of the blast. He lost control of the vehicle which crashed into the front of a former disco. His remains were trapped inside the cab, the left leg almost entirely severed from the rest of the body.
This was not ETA’s first attack on the Bañuelos family; a year earlier, on 7 October 1988, Ignacio’s cousin, Ramon Bañuelos, had been killed using the same method. In January 1991, two women from the family, María García Bañuelos and her eleven-year old daughter, Laura Manzanares García, were severely wounded when a bomb exploded under the van in which they were travelling.