Incident Summary:

06/27/2017: Assailants in a helicopter attacked the Venezuelan Interior Ministry and Supreme Court with grenades and firearms in Caracas, Capital district, Venezuela. There were no reported casualties. Oscar Alberto Perez, an Equilibrio Nacional member, claimed responsibility for the incident in a video and stated that he intended to overthrow the government.

GTD ID:
201706280008

When:
2017-06-27

Country:
Venezuela

Region:
South America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Capital

City:
Caracas

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Supreme Tribunal of Justice
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Venezuela
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/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Grenades and assault rifles were 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been a false flag operation orchestrated by the Venezuelan government or the United States Central Intelligence Agency. This incident occurred within the context of an attempted coup.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Equilibrio Nacional Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
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
Sources
"Oscar Perez case repercussions: the operation was "State terrorism"," Merco Press, January 17, 2018.
"Australia: Venezuela's Supreme Court attacked by 'stolen' police helicopter, President Nicolas M...," ABC Online, June 28, 2017.
"Venezuela: Foreign Minister Slams OAS, Opposition Silence After Helicopter 'Terror' Attack," telesurtv.net, June 28, 2017.