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Description

Born in: Euskadi
Age: 32
Offspring: 1
Marital status: Married
Job: Ertzaintza Agent
Date of the attack: 23/11/2001
Place of the attack: Beasain
Weapon: Pistola
Killed by: ETA

Description

Francisco Javier and his colleague Ana Isabel were directing traffic at a crossroads on the N-I road in the town of Beasáin, Guipúzcoa. The crossroads was a major junction with very heavy traffic. Two members of the terrorist organisation—one man and one woman—approached the crossroads in a car, got out and came up unmasked behind the two Ertzaintza (Basque police) officers. They then fired a large number of shots at them at point-blank range. Ana Isabel Arostegi tried to defend herself, but the female terrorist shot her again when she was lying on the ground, seriously wounded. Her body lay on the tarmac until shortly after nine o’clock in the evening, when the duty magistrate authorised its removal. Francisco had been shot in the head and seriously injured. He was taken to the Asunción Clinic in Tolosa, where he was admitted in a coma. Doctors fought to revive him for 45 minutes. However, although they managed to get a pulse, he passed away at around 9 pm.