Incident Summary:

12/25/2004: An unknown group claiming to be members of a revolutionary group opposed to the death penalty opened fire on a public bus in northern Honduras. Ten perpetrators were captured while 28 civilians were killed and 14 were injured.




Central America & Caribbean

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians on a public bus in northern Honduras
Nationality of Target Honduras
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Public Bus
Specific Description Public bus in northern Honduras
Nationality of Target Honduras
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
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
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 10
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 28 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 28
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"28 die in 'anti-death' bus massacre," Sunday Mail (Queensland, Australia), December 26, 2004
"10 arrested in Honduran bus slaughter," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 26, 2004
"Honduras arrests suspects in massacre that killed 28," Guelph Mercury (Ontario, Canada), December 26, 2004