Incident Summary:

10/28/2017: Assailants threw incendiary devices into Circo Bar, a gay club, in Santurce neighborhood, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the assailants may have been motivated by homophobia.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

Puerto Rico

San Juan

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Santurce neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Circo Bar
Specific Description Gay Bar
Nationality of Target United States
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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Petrol bombs were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been carried out by a rival gay club.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-LGBT extremists (suspected) No
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
"They throw incendiary bombs to disco in Santurce," El Vocero, October 29, 2017.
"Puerto Rico Gay Bar Bombed in Suspected Hate Crime After Reopening in Wake of Hurricane Maria – Towleroad," True Viral News, November 3, 2017.
"Petrol bombs thrown into gay club in Puerto Rico," Gay Times magazine, November 1, 2017.