Incident Summary:

03/28/1999: A small stick of dynamite exploded under the Bridge of the Americas in Panama City, Panama. The explosion occurred 300m away from an event at the Radisson Hotel attended by Bolivian President Hugo Banzer, who received three phone calls about the existence of three bombs in his hotel. The police said that the calls and the explosion were related. No one claimed responsibility for this attack..




Central America & Caribbean

region/u.s. state:


Panama City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Bolivian Government
Specific Description Bolivian President Hugo Banzer
Nationality of Target Bolivia
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Panama Road System
Specific Description Bridge of the Americas in Panama
Nationality of Target Panama
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 Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
Small stick of dynamite at the bridge.
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
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
“Further on Explosion Near Event Attend by Banzer,” La Razon, March 29, 1999.