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Born in: Euskadi
Age: 27
Offspring: 0
Marital status: Single
Job: Municipal police
Date of the attack: 05/08/1983
Place of the attack: Oiartzun
Weapon: Subfusil
Killed by: ETA

Description

Municipal policeman Manuel Peronié was killed sometime after 3:15 am on 5 August 1983, in the town of Oyarzun in Gipuzkoa as he was returning home with a friend, when the two resisted being kidnapped by three ETA terrorists. The attack took place just 40 metres from Plaza de San Esteban in Oyárzun, which was celebrating its local fiestas. Manuel Peronié and his friend Víctor Zabala were about to get into Manuel’s car when they were intercepted by three terrorists from ETA’s Donosti group, carrying guns. They forced the two friends to sit on the kerb next to a small garden on the side of the Oyárzun–Rentería road, as they waited for a fourth terrorist to come with a car which they intended to use to kidnap them. They waited for about a minute, during which time the two friends asked repeatedly why they were being abducted, but they were threatened with guns and told to keep quiet. However, just as they were about to be put into the vehicle, Manuel and Victor noticed that the terrorists were not looking, and tried to escape, shouting for help. One of the kidnappers opened fire on them. Manuel was hit in the groin and torso and Victor fled down the road, closely pursued by one of the terrorists firing his gun. Still running, and despite his injuries, Victor Zabala managed to escape and flag down a car which took him to a Red Cross station. A young couple who were passing the scene of the attack on a motorbike were also hit. Manuel Peroníe did not survive the attack. He was 27 years old and unmarried.