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Description

Born in: Euskadi
Age: 35
Offspring: 1
Marital status: Married
Job: Agent of the Ertzaintza
Date of the attack: 13/10/1997
Place of the attack: Madrid
Guilties: Kepa Arronategi Azurmendi, Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, Ibón Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui
Weapon: Pistola
Killed by: ETA

Description

The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, which had already been targeted by ETA, was due to open in five days’ time. A few days earlier, three terrorists had posed as workers and managed to enter the construction site. They returned on the 13th in a van containing three planters, which concealed ten anti-tank grenades and two anti-personnel mines. However, their plan was thwarted by police officer José Maria Aguirre: realizing that the van’s license plate was false, he asked for their documentation. The terrorists shot and killed him. The officer’s intuition prevented a massacre on the day of the museum’s opening. José María Aguirre Larraona was 35 years old. He was from Zalla (Vizcaya). He and his wife Maite Mollinedo had a son.