Incident Summary:

01/25/1985: A light antitank weapon, namely a bazooka rocket, was fired at the United States Courthouse in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, striking the back of the fourth floor of the courthouse building. No casualties resulted from the incident, but the attack caused damage to a wall of the building as well as shattered a window. Both Los Macheteros and the Organization of Volunteers for the Puerto Rican Revolution were responsible for the attack, which they claimed in a joint communiqué five days later, stating that the attack was in memory of the Puerto Rican Revolutionary, Juan Antonio Corretjer, who had died the week earlier, but as a poet and advocate of Puerto Rican Independence, he spent much of his life fighting against "Yankee Imperialism."



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: Government (General)
Name of Entity United States Courthouse
Specific Description US courthouse in Old San Juan
Nationality of Target Puerto Rico
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
light antitank bazooka rocket
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 rocket was launched from the fourth floor of a parking garage across the street from the courthouse. Both the Organization of Volunteers for the Puerto Rican Revolution and the Macheteros claimed the attack in a communiqué, which was signed by both groups and found under a bench at a bus stop after an anonymous caller notified United Press International of its location.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Macheteros Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Organization of Volunteers for the Puerto Rican Revolution Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
Ronald Fernandez, "Los Macheteros: The Wells Fargo Robbery and the Violent Struggle for Puerto Rican Independence," Prentice Hall Press, 1987.
"FBI Analysis of Terrorist Incidents and Terrorist Related Activities in the United States: 1985," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, 1985.
"Caribbean News Briefs," United Press International, January 31, 1985.