Incident Summary:

05/03/2020: Security forces apprehended armed assailants in boats attempting to carry out an attack in Macuto, Vargas, Venezuela. At least six assailants were killed and 13 were arrested, including two United States citizens. Jordan Goudreau, a United States-based security contractor, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was part of "Operation Gideon," an attempt to "liberate" Venezuela and detain Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other senior government officials.




South America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Venezuela
Specific Description President: Nicolas Maduro
Nationality of Target Venezuela
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
At least two FN MAG machine guns, ten assault rifles, and a Glock 9-mm pistol were 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Operation Gideon Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 13
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Venezuelan government says it stopped 'invasion' launched from Colombia," Washington, May 4, 2020.