Incident Summary:

02/29/2020: Assailants opened fire on a rally for opposition leader Juan Guaido in Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela. At least seven people, including one person who was briefly held hostage, were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Supporters of Nicolas Maduro.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Near Barquisimeto

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Juan de Villegas parish.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity National Assembly (AN)
Specific Description Rally of President: Juan Guaido
Nationality of Target Venezuela
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Blunt Object
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suggested the attack had been carried out by regime forces.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Supporters of Nicolas Maduro No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Guaido claims Venezuela's president trying to kill him," Anadolu Ajansi, March 1, 2020.
"Guaido denounces attack on Venezuela opposition rally," Manila Times, March 1, 2020.
"Venezuela political press review 2 March 2020," BBC Monitoring, March 2, 2020.