Incident Summary:

05/17/2001: Eight people were killed and at least 137 were injured when a car bomb consisting of 66 pounds of dynamite was detonated remotely in Lleras square, a crowded business area, in El Poblado, Medellin state, Colombia around 10pm. One source estimated the damage to the area's stores and cars to be around $400,000. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, although authorities thought that this attack might have been due to a fight between rival gangs in the area. Witnesses to the bombing saw four people, two men and two women, exiting the vehicle shortly before it exploded.




South America

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Location Details:
Lleras square in Medellin's El Poblado neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity The Lleras square businesses and patrons
Specific Description Businesses and patrons in the crowded Lleras square area
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $400,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Sources describe the bomb as containing 66 pounds of dynamite, remotely triggered after being left in a car.
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 Authorities in the area increased security after the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 137 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 137
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ibon Villelabeitia, "Gang feud seen behind deadly Colombian car bomb," Reuters, May 18, 2001."
"Car bomb blast kills seven in Colombia," Agence France-Presse, May 18, 2001."
"Margarita Martinez, "Government beefs up security in Colombian city following deadly bombing," Associated Press, May 19, 2001."