Incident Summary:

4/19/1971: The Armed Commandos of Liberation claimed responsibility for detonating two bombs in American owned businesses at the El Comandante Shopping Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bombs caused extensive damage and three people were injured by flying glass.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico

San Juan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity American owned business in Puerto Rico
Specific Description Franklin's Women's Apparel store and Thom McCan shoe store, San Juan Puerto Rico
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Two bombs
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 bombs were placed in a Thom McCan shoe store and Franklin's Women's Apparel store. Furthermore, other United States establishments such as Woolworth's, CIT Finance Company, and Burger King were damaged in the incident.
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 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Catholics Closing 56 Schools," Washington Post, April 19, 1971.
"Blasts Strike San Juan," New York Times, April 19, 1971.
"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.