Incident Summary:

02/21/2018: An explosive device detonated on a Barcos Caribe tourist ferry boat as passengers were disembarking in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. At least 24 people, including Mexican and United States tourists, were injured in the blast. The Pumba and Tata Cartel claimed responsibility for the incident and threatened the mayor.




North America

region/u.s. state:

Quintana Roo

Playa del Carmen

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Barcos Caribe
Specific Description Tourist Ferry Boat
Nationality of Target Mexico
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A homemade remote-detonated explosive device consisting of five cardboard cartridges containing potassium perchlorate, aluminum, and boric acid attached to copper wire was 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 five American and nineteen Mexican civilians.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Pumba and Tata Cartel Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 5
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Report: Explosion on Mexican ferry may have been an attack," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, March 1, 2018.
"Mexican tourism now a victim of 'narco-terrorism'," WFAA ABC 8, March 8, 2018.
"Homemade bomb was cause of ferry blast," Mexico News Daily, March 10, 2018.