Incident Summary:

"08/01/2000: A powerful bomb killed two people and injured dozens - including the Philippine ambassador - as his car entered his official residence in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ambassador Leonidas Caday was believed to be the target of the blast as the carbomb exploded as the ambassador’s limousine drove by. Two people, an embassy guard and a female street trader were both killed. Twenty one others were wounded. A member of the Jemaah Islamiyah admitted during trial to setting off the explosion along with a number of other JI members. Court records indicate the bombing was motivated by "revenge for the death of fellow Muslims in the Philippines.”"




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jakarta (Special Capital Region)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Philippines Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Ambassador Leonides Caday
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages 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 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Initially authorities suspected the attack was perpetrated by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu denied any involvement. Caday believes the attack to have been of a personal nature against him.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jemaah Islamiya (JI) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Leotes Marie T. Lugo, “Philippine Envoy to Indonesia Believes Bomb Blast 'Personal Attack' Against Him,” Business World, August 2, 2000.
“Philippine Envoy to Indonesia Says He was Bomb Target,” GMA 7 Television, August 2, 2000.
“Local MILF sympathizers suspected of Jakarta bombing,” British Broadcasting Corporation, August 7, 2000.