Incident Summary:

08/03/1998: In a series of related incidents, rebels belonging to the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (NLA) conducted at least 42 attacks throughout the country on August 3 and August 4, 1998, leaving 275 dead and many wounded. The rebels targeted the Colombian government and military, oil lines and pumps, and private citizens. They also set off car bombs in city centers and villages. Nearly 30 soldiers and police were missing and presumably kidnapped.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Colombian government
Specific Description Government facilities & infrastructure
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Oil infrastructure
Specific Description Oil pumps and pipelines
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 30
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) No
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 275 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 275
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 7
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Edward F. Mickolus, Terrorism, 1996-2001: A Chronology, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.