Incident Summary:

01/12/2018: Assailants attempted to set fire to an incendiary device at the Cristo Pobre Shrine in Quinta Normal neighborhood, Santiago, Chile. There were no reported casualties as the device failed to ignite. This was one of five coordinated attacks targeting churches in Santiago on this date. Weichan Auka Mapu claimed responsibility for the incidents in pamphlets left at the scene, which threatened Pope Francis's upcoming visit to Chile and expressed discontent with perceived domination over people's bodies, ideas, and acts. Officials also suspected that the Lautaro Youth Movement may have carried out the attacks.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Santiago Metropolitan


Location Details:
The incident occurred at 540 Matucana Street in the Quinta Normal district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Cristo Pobre Shrine
Specific Description Shrine
Nationality of Target Chile
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A timed incendiary device containing five liters of fuel and packed inside a drum was used in the attack.
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
Lautaro Youth Movement (suspected) No
Weichan Auka Mapu Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"Churches attacked in Chile ahead of pope's visit," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 12, 2018.
"Before pope's visit, churches in Chile attacked," The Boston Globe, January 13, 2018.
"CHILE POPE - Chile police probe series of church attacks ahead of pope's visit," EFE, January 13, 2018.