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Description

Born in: Euskadi
Age: 22
Offspring: 0
Marital status: Single
Job: Postman
Date of the attack: 20/09/1989
Place of the attack: Errenteria
Weapon: Carta bomba
Killed by: GAL

Description

José Antonio Cardosa (22) was a postman. He was attempting to insert a package into a mailbox when the explosive device inside exploded. The blast left a hole in the wall just above the mailbox of Ildefonso Salazar, an Herri Batasuna activist. A number of different theories were put forward as regards the motives for the crime. No group ever claimed responsibility for the attack. ETA accused the state apparatus of being behind the bombing. In 1996, José Antonio’s family received new information on his death, when the former director of the Civil Guard, Luís Roldán gave a statement to judge Baltasar Garzón as part of the trials related to activities by the illicit counter-terrorist group GAL. Roldán claimed that during José Barrionuevo’s time as Minister for the Interior, and subsequently under José Luís Corcuera, “dirty war” tactics had been employed. He accused the Ministry of the Interior of being behind the sending of letter bombs to ETA members and other individuals with links to the group.