Incident Summary:

10/28/2000: Rebels from the Popular Liberation Army (Ejircito Popular de Liberaciyn - EPL) assassinated Jose Rodriguez, the suspended mayor of Ocana, in the nearby town of Teorama, Colombia.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Norte de Santander


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Town Mayor
Specific Description Jose Rodriguez, the suspended Mayor of Ocana
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 67
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
Additional Information Government officials had suspended Rodriguez from office while investigating charges that he had been stealing public funds. The Popular Liberation Army kidnapped him on August 20, 2000, and killed him after apparently trying him for corruption in a revolutionary court.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Liberation Army (EPL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
“Rebels assassinate a Colombian politician while another disappears, police say,” Associated Press, October 28, 2000.