Incident Summary:

06/29/2011: On Wednesday evening at 2130, in Tultitlan, Mexico, militants from Earth Liberation Front (ELF) detonated an improvised explosive device of less than a kilogram of gunpowder, along with two cans of butane gas and a bottle of gasoline, all tied tightly with heavy wire, inside the ATM area of the Santander Bank. The attack was dedicated to Luciano Pitronello, an ELF militant who was injured in an attempt to detonate a Santander Bank in Chile on 06/01/2011. The front structure of Santander Bank was completely destroyed; it had broken windows, and the place was partially burned. ELF claimed responsibility for the bombing through an online post to the BiteBack website.




North America

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Location Details:
The bombing attack took place at Santander Bank in Tultitlan, Mexico, Mexico.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Santander Bank
Specific Description Santander 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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device containing less than a kilogram of gunpowder, along with two cans of butane gas and a bottle of gasoline, all tied tightly with heavy wire 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 articles originally written in Spanish.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) 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
Bite Back, "Santander Bank Bombed, For Luciano," Bite Back, July 6, 2011,
Juan Manuel Barrera Aguirre, "Improvised Explosive Device Detonated at a Bank in Tultitlán," El Universal, June 29, 2011,
Alicia Rivera, "Improvised Explosive Devices Detonated in Tultitlán," Milenio, June 29, 2011,