Incident Summary:

05/21/1998: Five explosives were placed inside a vehicle owned by Fifth Republic Movement (MVR) leader Armando Guerrero in Caracas, Venezuela. Two of the bombs exploded, and one caused burns to 40 percent of Guerrero's body and damaged his 1976 white Conquistador vehicle. The perpetratos of this incident were unknown.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Fifth Republic Movement (MVR)
Specific Description Fifth Republic Movement (MVR) Political Leader, Armando Guerrero in Caracas, Venezuela
Nationality of Target Venezuela
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
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 The human rights defense attorney who represented Guerrero recalled that he was arrested six times by officials of the Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services who tried to intimidate him into abandoning his MVR militancy.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Poleo Zerpa, “Car Bomb Injures MVR Leader Armando Guerrero,” Caracas El Universal, May 21, 1998.
Elvia Herrera, “Pipe Bomb Explodes at Fifth Republic Movement Headquarters,” Caracas Televen Canal 10, May 27, 1998.