Incident Summary:

12/24/1999: Unidentified assailants detonated a car bomb in the industrial section of "Paloquemao" in downtown Bogotá, Colombia, injuring two people. The car, packed with 20 kg of dynamite, blew up outside the facilities of Tecnoquimicas, a Colombian firm with extensive ties to American businesses. The building's front and windows were damaged. The Colombian Patriotic Resistance claimed responsibility for the attacks in a communiqué sent to the press. Police believed the Colombian Patriotic Resistance was a front for drug traffickers to exert pressure towards the suspension of extradition or "in retaliation for the government's anti-drug actions.




South America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in Paloquemao neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Tecnoquímicas
Specific Description Tecnoquímicas pharmaceutical plant in Bogotá, 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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The car bomb was packed with 20 kg of dynamite.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of three related attacks (cf. 199912240005-07). The Colombian Patriotic Resistance stated that it is "radically" opposed to the extradition of drug traffickers. The group may have targeted the business due to its ties with American firms.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Colombian Patriotic Resistance Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Christmas Eve Bombs Rock Bogotá, Cali; 7 Injured,” NOTIMEX, December 25, 1999.
“Christmas Eve rebel attacks leave seven injured in Colombia,” Agence France Presse, December 25, 1999.
“Christmas Attacks Attributed to Drug Traffickers Opposed to Extradition,” El Colombiano, December 28, 1999.