Incident Summary:

06/24/1998: An explosive device, concealed in a flashlight, detonated in the hands of a police officer at a bank in the town of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. The device had been planted at a branch of the Banco Popular, which is part of a consortium that is in the process of buying the Puerto Rico Telephone Company. The Puerto Rican government signed a deal where the phone company, commonly called Telefonica, was sold to a consortium led by U.S. communications giant, GTE Corp. This attack comes amid rising tensions all over Puerto Rico in response to this phone company sale. The blast tore a finger off the officer's right hand and also injured his left hand and leg. Though no group claimed responsibility for this attack, the explosive device was similar in makeup to those used by the guerilla group, Los Macheteros in bank bombings early in the month.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico

Santa Isabel

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Banco Popular
Specific Description Offices of Banco Popular in Santa Isabel
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Santa Isabel Police
Specific Description A policeman in Santa Isabel
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The explosive device was concealed inside of a flashlight.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Macheteros (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 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
FBI "Terrorism in the United States 1998". Counterterrorism Threat Assessment and Warning Unit, Counterterrorism Division. U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.