Incident Summary:

02/07/2003: At 8:15 PM local time, a car bomb containing about 200kg of explosives detonated in building containing a nightclub in Bogota. The blast was on the third floor of the parking lot in the rear of the building containing the exclusive El Nogal nightclub, a place that caters to Bogota's elite. The eleven-story building was destroyed, ultimately killing 32 civilians, inclduing six children, and injuring at least 162. One estimate put the injured tally at over 200. Several other nearby buildings were also damaged. The Director of the Antiterrorism Unit of Colombia's Office of the Prosecutor General, and Vice President Francisco Santos immeidately blamed the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)for the attack. The Mayor of Bogota offered a 500 million peso (USD 165,000) award for information on the bombing. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) claimed responsibility for the attack 15 years later.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity El Nogal Nightclub
Specific Description El Nogal Nightclub, Bogota
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A car bomb with 200kg of explosives was 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 On 02/09/2003, thousands of Colombians marched in Bogota to protest against the bombing.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 32 Fatalities / 162 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 32
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 162
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Jose Ramos, "32 dead in Bogota nightclub bombing; vice president blames FARC rebels," AFP, February 8, 2003."
"Terrorist attack at El Nogal Leaves Over 20 Dead, 114 Injured," El Espectador (Internet Version-WWW), February 8, 2003."
"Vanessa Arrington, "Thousands of Colombians gather to protest car bomb that killed 32 people," AP, February 9, 2003."