Incident Summary:

10/26/2007: No casualties were reported but three windows were damaged when a single unknown perpetrator on a bicycle threw two hand grenades (replicas filled with explosive powder) at the Mexican Consulate at 27 East 39th Street in New York City, New York, United States at approximately 3:40 AM. There were no media accounts of any group claiming responsibility for the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
At the Mexican Consulate at 27 East 39th Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Mexican Consulate
Specific Description Mexican Consulate in New York.
Nationality of Target Mexico
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 Grenade
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 One of the grenades was a World War Two-style striated ‘pineapple’ design and the other was a Vietnam War-style smooth ‘lemon’ design. An attack with matching modus operandi occurred at the British Consulate in New York City on May 5, 2005. Police suggested the attack may have come in retaliation for the death of New York journalist Bradley Roland Will, who was shot and killed one year before while videotaping a standoff between demonstrators and unknown armed individuals (possibly Mexican paramilitaries) in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Tom Hays, “Explosives break window at Mexican Consulate in NYC,” Associated Press Worldstream, October 26, 2007.
Al Baker, “2 crude bombs hit Mexican Consulate, in echo of 2005 attack,” New York Times, October 27, 2007.
“Device explodes near Mexican consulate,” United Press International, October 26, 2007.