Incident Summary:

11/20/2000: Police agents discovered eight kilograms of explosives and detonators buried in a vacant lot near Tocumen International Airport, Panama City, Panama. The explosives were discovered just days after Cuban President Castro claimed that a group of exiles were trying to kill him during a visit to Panama. The President's motorcade would have likely passed by the buried explosives upon his arrival.




Central America & Caribbean

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Location Details:
A vacant lot in Belen near Tocumen International Airport, in the vicinity of Panama City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Cuban government
Specific Description Cuban President Fidel Castro
Nationality of Target Cuba
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Eight kilograms of explosives and detonators buried underground
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 After President Castro made the claim that a group of exiles were going to try and kill him, the driver of the exiled group was arrested with explosives and a hand drawn map, which possibly showed that Castro's motorcade route would pass by where the explosives were buried. However, it is not clear that the two incidents are linked.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Cuban Exiles (suspected) No
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
"Reports: Explosives found near airport days after Castro complaint," Associated Press, November 21, 2000.
"Panamanians arrest opponents of Castro," Townsville Bulletin, November 23, 2000.
"Panamanian security organizations recognize authenticity of Fidel Castro's charges," ACAN-EFE, November 21, 2000.