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Born in: Euskadi
Age: 52
Offspring: 5
Marital status: Married
Job: Lieutenant Colonel Chief Superintendent of the Ertzaintza
Date of the attack: 07/03/1985
Place of the attack: Gasteiz
Weapon: Bomba lapa
Killed by: ETA

Description

As was his custom, Juan Carlos Díaz had breakfast in a cafeteria near Vitoria, before heading to the police academy of the Ertzaintza (Basque police force) in Arcaute on the outskirts of the city. Members of ETA had had time to place a “limpet bomb” with a line connected to the wheel. He got into his car and started the engine. The bomb went off as soon as it started to move. Other police officers who were in the bar where Carlos had just been breakfasting rescued him from the debris and took him straight to hospital. For more than half an hour the doctors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him, using artificial respiration and cardiac stimulation.