Incident Summary:

"08/14/2008: On Thursday night, an alleged Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel detonated an improvised explosive device that killed seven people and injured 52 others during local festivities at a town fair in downtown Ituango, Antioquia department, Colombia. The device was hidden in a trash can beside a lamppost in the center of Ituango. Several nearby shops were destroyed in the blast. A man thought to be responsible for the bombing attack who is known as "El Pajaro" was arrested soon after the blast. No claim of responsibility was made for the incident."




South America

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Location Details:
The bombing attack took place in downtown Ituango, Antioquia department, Colombia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Indiscriminate civilians attending a town fair
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives hidden in a trash can were used in the bombing 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 The summary of this incident was based in part on an article originally written in Spanish.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 52 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 52
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"El Espectador, "Seven Dead and 52 Injured were Left from Terrorist Attack of the FARC in Ituango," El Espectador, August 15, 2008."
"Targeted News Service, " Lexis Nexis, Targeted News Service, August 18, 2008."
"Deutsche Presse-Agentur, "Bomb Blast Leaves 7 Dead, 52 Injured in Colombia," Lexis Nexis, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Augsut 15, 2008."