Incident Summary:

03/19/2003: People's Revolutionary Militias (MRP) rebels planted two small bombs that exploded within five minutes of each other outside of the Ministry of Agriculture in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The explosions injured three people and shattered windows on three floors of the building. MRP left pamphlets at the scene claiming responsibility and criticizing President Lucio Gutierrez's economic austerity programs.

GTD ID:
200303190001

When:
2003-03-19

Country:
Ecuador

Region:
South America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Guayas

City:
Guayaquil

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Ecuadorian Ministry of Agriculture
Specific Description Ministry of Agriculture in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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) No
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 / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“MRP Rebel Group Detonates Pamphlet Bombs at Agriculture Ministry,” Guayaquil El Universo, March 19, 2003.
“Two Small Simultaneous Explosions Injure Three in Ecuador,” Associated Press, March 19, 2003.