Incident Summary:

07/06/2017: Assailants armed with pipes and firearms stormed the National Assembly Parliament building in Caracas, Venezuela. At least 322 people, including 94 opposition parliament members, 108 journalists, and 120 workers, were held hostage in the nine-hour long siege. At least 20 people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to government supporters.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Assembly
Specific Description Parliament Building
Nationality of Target Venezuela
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Journalists
Nationality of Target Venezuela
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 322
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 9
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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 Other Explosive Type
Firearms Handgun
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Fireworks, pistols, pipes, sticks, and stones 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) No
Additional Information The victims included Agencia EFE journalist Cristian Hernandez and Members of Parliament (MP) Americo De Grazia and William Davila.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Government Supporters No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pro-Government Supporters' Attack on Parliament Worsens Venezuela's Crisis," Latin American Herald Tribune, July 6, 2017.
"Lawmakers Leave Venezuelan Parliament after Hours-Long Siege," Latin American Herald Tribune, July 6, 2017.
"Venezuela regime backers attack opposition lawmakers," Afternoon Voice (India), July 6, 2017.