The 2006 Madrid-Barajas Airport bombing
occurred on December 30, 2006 when a van bomb
exploded in the parking of the Terminal 4 of the Madrid-Barajas Airport
in Spain, killing two and injuring 52. On January 9, 2007, the Basque nationalist
claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack, one of the most powerful carried out by ETA, damaged the airport terminal and blew up the whole parking. The bombing ended a nine-month ceasefire
declared by the armed organisation and prompted the government to halt plans for negotiations with the organisation. Despite the attack, ETA claimed that the ceasefire was still in place and regretted the death of civilians. The organisation eventually announced the end of the ceasefire in June 2007.
Ordered and planned by then head of commandos Mikel Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina
alias Txeroki, the attack was carried out by the "commando Elurra", whose members were arrested in early 2008 and sentenced for the attack in May 2010. Txeroki was arrested in November 2008 and is awaiting trial for the bombing.
On March 22, 2006 ETA announced a ceasefire. Following the announcement, the Spanish government
led by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
on one side and the armed organisation, as well as Batasuna
, a Basque nationalist party banned for its ties with ETA, on the other, engaged in talks in order to put an end to the conflict
between the two sides. The Basque Nationalist Party
, then in charge of the......