Incident Summary:

01/31/2019: Security forces discovered and defused an explosives-laden truck at the gate of the Pemex oil refinery in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico. Narco-Terrorists claimed responsibility for the incident.




North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Pemex Refinery
Specific Description Refinery
Nationality of Target Mexico
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Mexico
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck containing 26 cartridges of Emulex-1 explosives was used in the attack.
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. A source characterized the assailants as a "gang of fuel thieves."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Narco-Terrorists 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
"Explosive device in Salamanca contained Emuxel1 material," CE Noticias Financieras English, February 1, 2019.
"Terrorist act in Salamanca," CE Noticias Financieras English, February 1, 2019.
"Government reveals there were explosive devices near refinery after all," Mexico News Daily, February 1, 2019.