Incident Summary:

12/07/2010: On Tuesday night, in Tlalnepantla, Mexico City, Mexico, members of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), detonated an improvised explosive device near the ATM of a branch of Bancomer Bank. According to the militants, the explosive device consisted of cans of butane gas, a bottle of gasoline and a galvanized metal pipe stuffed with dynamite. The attack caused an unknown amount of property damage but resulted in no casualties. On 12/12/2010, ELF claimed responsibility for the attack through an online post to the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) website of BiteBack.




North America

region/u.s. state:

Federal District

Mexico City

Location Details:
The attack took place near an ATM of a branch of Bancomer Bank in Tlalnepantla, Mexico City, Mexico.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Bancomer Bank
Specific Description An ATM of a branch of Bancomer Bank
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 Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device consisting of cans of butane gas, a bottle of gasoline and a galvanized metal pipe stuffed with dynamite was used in the 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 partially based on an article originally written in Spanish.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
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
Jane’s Intelligence, “ELF Statement Claims Attack on Bank in Mexican Capital,” Terrorism Watch Report, Bite Back, December 15, 2010.
Bite Back, "Bank Bombed by ELF," Bite Back, December 12, 2010,