Incident Summary:

02/25/1999: In Colombia, the 45th Front of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) claimed responsibility for kidnapping three U.S. citizens, identified as Terence Freitas, Ingrid Inawatuk and Larry Gay Laheenge, on a road between Cubara and Saravena (on the border between Boyaca and Cesariare Departments). The hostages, who were working with U'wa culture of Colombia, were found dead with signs of torture in Los Pajaros, Venezuela on March 5, 1999.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Cubara district

Location Details:
This incident occurred on a road between Cubara and Saravena.

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 Terence Freitas
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 3
Days of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
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.