Incident Summary:

03/26/1998: The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) bombed a British Petroleum (BP) oil rig in Cupiagua, Colombia. Three people were injured and the rig sustained minor damage.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity British Petroleum (BP)
Specific Description British Petroleum Oilrig in Cupiagua, Colombia
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
Two packages of dynamite were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information British Petroleum facilities had come under rebel attack in the past, but this incident was the most serious in the company's 11 years of operations in Colombia. BP is the largest foreign oil company in Colombia with about 850 employees and an output of 300,000 barrels a day.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
David Adams, “Colombia leftist rebels kidnap four Americans, bomb oil rig,” St. Petersburg Times, March 27, 1998.
“Three BP workers wounded in oil well attack,” Madrid EFE, March 26, 1998.