Incident Summary:

01/27/2018: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside of a police station in San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas, Ecuador. At least 28 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents and the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN).




South America

region/u.s. state:


San Lorenzo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police of Ecuador
Specific Description Police Station
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
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 speculated that the explosion may have served to distract police from a nearby robbery. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) No
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 28 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 28
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bomb attack on Colombia police station kills five," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 28, 2018.
"Ecuador: FARC Dissident 'Guacho' Sought for Bomb Attack," El, January 29, 2018.
"Colombia's ELN rebels responsible for bomb attacks on police: defense minister," Reuters India, January 29, 2018.