Incident Summary:

10/28/2017: Assailants threw incendiary devices into Circo Bar, a gay club, in Santurce neighborhood, San Juan, Puerto Rico. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources identified the assailants as anti-LGBT extremists.



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
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 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
"Puerto Rico Gay Bar Bombed in Suspected Hate Crime After Reopening in Wake of Hurricane Maria – Towleroad," True Viral News, November 3, 2017."
"They throw incendiary bombs to disco in Santurce," El Vocero, October 29, 2017."
"Petrol bombs thrown into gay club in Puerto Rico," Gay Times magazine, November 1, 2017."