Incident Summary:

1/9/1970: The Armed Commandos of Liberation claimed credit for setting a fire at the Baker's Store in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. There were no casualties but the store was destroyed at a cost of $2,000,000.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico

Rio Piedras

Location Details:
Caparra Shopping Center

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity American owned business in Puerto Rico
Specific Description Baker's Store
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $2,000,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Fire set in back of store
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The fire began at 8:30 PM. The Armed Commandos of Liberation claimed the incident but authorities did not discover any evidence proving that the fire was set intentionally.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armed Commandos of Liberation (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate, "Terroristic Activity: The Cuban Connection in Puerto Rico; Castro's Hand in Puerto Rican and U.S. Terrorism," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970.
"No Evidence Of Arson Found In Barkers Fire," The Virgin Islands Daily News, January 13, 1970.
"Toward People's War for Independence and Socialism in Puerto Rico: In Defense of Armed Struggle," Documents and Communiqués from the Revolutionary Public Independence Movement and the Armed Clandestine Movement, January 1987.