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Description

Born in: Andalucía
Age: 26
Offspring: 0
Marital status: Single
Job: Civil Guard Agent
Date of the attack: 01/02/1980
Place of the attack: Ispaster
Guilties: Jaime Rementería Beotegui, Francisco Esquisabel Echevarría, José Luis Ansola Larrañaga, Recalde Gregorio Olabarria, Francisco Javier Gorrochategui, Alfonso Echegaray Achirica
Weapon: Otros explosivos
Killed by: ETA

Description

The victim and another five civil guards were in a convoy of two Land Rovers escorting vehicles from the Esperanza and Cía. arms factory. They left the factory in Marquina at around 7.30 am on Friday 1 February. They were being watched by a number of terrorists who overtook the convoy and joined other members of the group at Kilometre 53 of the road, in the environs of Ispáster. At around 8.15 am, the convoy reached a winding stretch of the road where it was forced to reduce speed. There it was caught in a mortal ambush. The two Civil Guard Land Rovers were attacked with assault rifles, machine guns and hand grenades. Over a hundred rounds were fired in all. After the attack, several terrorists approached the vehicles and threw a hand grenade into the first of the Land Rovers to ensure that none of the civil guards would survive. They then tried to do the same with the second vehicle. However, the grenade exploded before the killers had time to get away. Two of them (Gregorio Olabarría Bengoa and Javier Gorrotxategui Argote) were seriously wounded and died shortly afterwards.