The two civil guards Lorenzo Soto and José Zafra were assigned to the Civil Guard HQ in San Sebastián, and one of their duties was to purchase food supplies. On the morning of 25 September, they went to the central fruit and vegetable market in Atocha, San Sebastian, as they did regularly. Dressed in blue overalls, Lorenzo and José loaded their vehicle with boxes of fruit and vegetables. At around 8.30 am, they were about to return to the barracks when three terrorists, their faces masked in black stockings, took up position at either side and in front of the Land Rover. They then riddled the vehicle and its two occupants with bullets. José Zafra’s was hit twenty-one times and his colleague, Lorenzo Soto, seventeen. Both men were killed instantly. They did not have time to use their own guns, which were found on the car seats.
José Zafra Régil was 30 years old. He was originally from Puigcerdá (Gerona) and was married to a woman from Álava with whom he had a four-year-old son. He joined the Civil Guard in May 1968. His murder caused great public upset in Granada, where his family were living.