On the evening of 8 February 1984, Vicente Perurena Telletxea and Ángel Gurmindo Lizarra were talking on Calle Aizpurdi in Hendaye, a town in the south of France where they both lived. Vicente Perurena’s car was parked a few metres away. At around 7.50 pm, a Spanish-registered vehicle stopped opposite the two men and the occupants of the car let off a burst of machine-gun fire. Perurena and Gurmindo were hit in the head and neck and both died instantly. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by GAL.
Vicente Perurena, alias Peru, was a member of ETA militar and had fled to France eight years before he was killed. According to the French police, at the time of his death he was the mugalari head, in charge of ensuring that ETA members got back across the border after carrying out attacks. On Wednesday 8 February he had asked Ángel Gurmindo to go with him because he suspected he was being watched.