Incident Summary:

08/12/2009: On Wednesday afternoon, in La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia, a letter improvised explosive device planted at a construction company building exploded, injuring two firefighters called in to deactivate it. It is widely believe that the main target of the bombing was Edgar Gutierrez, a construction investor. No group claimed responsibility.




South America

region/u.s. state:

La Paz

La Paz

Location Details:
At a construction company in La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description A construction company
Nationality of Target Bolivia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive letter bomb was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
The Associated Press,"Bolivia: Two Envelopes Exploded, Wounding Seven," LexisNexisAcademic, Associated Press, August 13, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Firefighters Injured in Letter Bomb Attack in La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, August 12, 2009.
World Markets Research Center,"Bomb Attacks Revive Terrorism Fears in Bolivia," LexisNexisAcademic, World Markets Research Center, August 13, 2009.