Incident Summary:

07/20/2014: Assailants attacked a bus carrying supporters of the Sandinista National Liberation Front in Las Calabazas community, Matagalpa department, Nicaragua. Four people were killed and 24 wounded in the attack. This was one of two related attacks targeting Sandinista National Liberation Front supporters in the area on this day. Armed Forces for National Salvation - Army of the People (FASN-EP), an anti-Sandinista group, claimed responsibility for the incident.




Central America & Caribbean

region/u.s. state:


Las Calabazas

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN)
Specific Description Bus Caravan
Nationality of Target Nicaragua
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
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
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
Armed Forces for National Salvation - Army of the People (FASN-EP) 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 4 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ortega calls attack on supporters in Nicaragua a "massacre"," Agence France Presse -- English, July 22, 2014.
"Deadly Attacks in Nicaragua Fuel Fears of 'Contras' Revival," InSight Crime, July 23, 2014.
"Attacks on Sandinista bus caravans in Nicaragua leave 5 dead, 25 wounded," EFE, July 21, 2014.