Incident Summary:

1/28/2003: Two pamphlet bombs exploded in the vicinity of an American Airlines office on the ground floor of the Colon Hilton hotel in Quito, Pichincha province, Ecuador. At least one person was injured in the explosion and several hotel windows, the American Airlines office, and a passing bus were damaged. The improvised explosive devices shot leaflets into the air that urged the public to fight the economic policies of President Gutierrez. The leaflets were signed by the People's Revolutionary Militias (MRP).




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity America Airlines
Specific Description An American Airlines office in the ground floor of the Colon Hilton Hotel in Quito
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Ecuadorean hotel
Specific Description Colon Hilton Hotel in Quito
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the hotel
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Two pamphlet bombs were used in the attack.
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 Some sources state that as many as four people were injured.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
People's Revolutionary Militias (MRP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ecuador: Police Commander Says Recent Bombs Are a Sign of Terrorist Activity," El Comercio, January 31, 2003
"Ecuador: Two Explosions in Quito Hotel Cause One Injury, Damage, Emit Leaflets," CRE Satelital Radio, January 29, 2003