Foreign Policy

published : 2023-09-25

Cuban Embassy in Washington Targeted in 'Terrorist Attack,' Minister Claims

Diplomat Says Second Violent Incident in Less Than a Year

A photo of the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., standing tall and proud, showcasing its architectural beauty. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

The Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., came under a terrifying attack on Friday, as an individual hurled Molotov cocktails at the building.

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, described the incident as a 'terrorist attack,' which saw two Molotov cocktails launched.

Thankfully, no staff members were injured during the attack, which occurred in the evening.

This marks the second violent incident targeting the Cuban embassy in Washington since April 2020, when shots were fired at the building using an assault rifle.

A close-up shot of a Molotov cocktail, highlighting the danger and destructive potential of such weapons. (Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Rodríguez Parrilla expressed concern over the pattern of violence and warned that anti-Cuban groups resort to terrorism when they feel they can act with impunity.

In a separate development, the Justice Department announced that Alexander Alazo, a 42-year-old from Pennsylvania, has been indicted for his involvement in the 2020 attack on the embassy.

Alazo is charged with a range of offenses, including a violent attack on a foreign official or official premises, damaging property belonging to a foreign government, interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit a felony, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

The 2020 incident involved Alazo firing approximately 32 rounds of an assault-style weapon at the Cuban embassy, causing both exterior and interior damage.

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressing a press conference, emphasizing the need for heightened security measures and condemning the recent attack. (Taken with a Sony Alpha A7III)

Thankfully, no one was injured during the attack, and Alazo was apprehended by the Metropolitan Police Department without incident.

Todd Brown, the former Director of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, emphasized the commitment to ensuring the safety and security of foreign missions in the United States.

The Cuban embassy in Washington remains a symbol of diplomatic representation and will continue to be protected against any threats.