Incident Summary:

5/30/2000: A bomb exploded in the lobby of the Champa Hotel in Pakse, southern Laos. Approximately ten people were injured in the explosion, but there are no reports of casualties. There is increasing speculation that the bombing, which is just one in a series of bombings, is an attempt by dissatisfied government employees to discredit the current leadership.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The Champa Palace Hotel in Pakse, 500 kilometers (312 miles) southeast of Vientiane

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the lobby of the Champa Palace Hotel
Nationality of Target Laos
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A bomb in the lobby of a hotel
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 Laotian government did not report the incident, so it is difficult to determine the motive and whether there were any casualties
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Police in Laos reportedly arrest man with bombs," Associated Press, June 8, 2000.
"Ten injured by hotel bombing in southern Laos," Associated Press, June 6, 2000.