Incident Summary:

05/21/1998: A bomb, believed to be planted by either the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) or the Army of National Liberation (ELN), exploded in front of retired General Harold Bedoya's political office in Barrancabermeja, Colombia. One person was injured and the facility was seriously damaged. Bedoya was a candidate in the elections held at the end of May 1998.




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 Political Candidate Headquarters
Specific Description Political Headquarters of Presidential Candidate Harold Bedoya in Barrancabermeja, Colombia
Nationality of Target Colombia
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 This incident occurred in context with several other attacks, which were unable to be collaborated through multiple sources. For more details, see the sources related to this case.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) (suspected) No
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) (suspected) 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
“Offices of Pastrana, Serpa Targeted in Bomb Attacks,” Madrid EFE, May 23, 1998.
“Eight Bombs Explode; Authorities Blame FARC,” Mexico City NOTIMEX, May 22, 1998.
“Bomb Explodes At Bedoya's Political Site, Injures Guard,” Paris AFP to Mexico Central America and the Caribbean, May 22, 1998.