Incident Summary:

01/31/2013: An explosion occurred at the Pemex state oil company offices in Mexico City, Federal, Mexico. The blast killed approximately 37 people and injured at least 101 more. The cause of the explosion is unknown, although Pemex concluded it was due to a gas leak. Individuals Tending Toward Savagery (ITS) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that destruction of the planet has repercussions and that attacks will continue unless nanotechnology is stopped.




North America

region/u.s. state:


Mexico City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Pemex State Oil Company
Specific Description Office
Nationality of Target Mexico
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Individuals Tending Toward Savagery (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 37 Fatalities / 101 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 37
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 101
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mexican state oil company says toll rises to 37 in disaster at headquarters," Associated Press Newswires, February 4, 2013.
"Death toll rises in Mexico's Pemex blast," CNN Wire, February 3, 2013.
"14 killed, dozens injured in blast at Mexican state oil company offices," CNN Wire, January 31, 2013.