On the morning of 28 June 1991, a suspicious package was delivered to the Sevilla-1 prison. It was addressed to the governor of the prison and bore a Valladolid postmark. The Civil Guard officer who first received it asked the mail service —comprising a number of prison officers and inmates— to check it in the X-ray scanner. The scan was unable to determine the contents and the police therefore called in bomb disposal experts.
The time was around 11.20 am, and in the adjoining room, relatives and friends of the inmates were waiting for prison visits. Suddenly, a bomb that had been planted in the package exploded, destroying the room. The explosion killed Jesús Sánchez Lozano, Manuel Pérez Ortega, Donato Calzado García and Raimundo Pérez Crespo. Another 30 people, including two children, were wounded. ETA claimed responsibility for the attack. Six ETA members were being held in Sevilla-1 prison and on the same day another member of the organisation was standing trial in the city.
Jesús Sánchez Lozano was a taxi driver and had two children aged 14 and 5. At the time of his death, he was serving a ‘third degree’ prison regime (enjoying certain privileges) and was helping out in the mail service while awaiting imminent release on parole. His body was buried under the rubble and could not be retrieved until four hours after the explosion.