Incident Summary:

02/21/1999: Two Spanish citizens and seven Colombians were kidnapped in an unnamed location in Colombia by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). Eventually one Spanish and two Colombian hostages were released with ransom instructions. On February 28, 1999, the other Spanish hostages was released, even though a ransom was never paid. The fate of the other five Colombian hostages was not known.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Spanish Citizens
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Colombian Citizens
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 9
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 1980000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The ransom was only demanded for one of the Spanish hostages.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) No
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
Edward F. Mickolus, Terrorism, 1996-2001: A Chronology, Imprint Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.