Incident Summary:

10/29/2000: 51 soldiers led by Lieutenant Colonel Ollanta Humala Tasso took brief control of the Toquepala copper mine and the mining town of Masocruz, Tacna province, Peru. They fled with four hostages, including three mine workers and General Oscar Bardales, and took several vehicles belonging to the mine. They later released the three mine workers and returned the vehicles the next day. The army captured the renegade soldiers the next day, although eight remained at large, including the leader. The soldiers who revolted questioned the legitimacy of the President Alberto Fujimori and his former intelligence chief Vladimiro Montesinos. They stated that the President had not been elected by the people.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Near Mazocruz

Location Details:
The Toquepala copper mine and the mining town of Masocruz

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Copper mine
Specific Description Toquepala copper mine
Nationality of Target Peru
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Mine workers at Toquepala copper mine
Nationality of Target Peru
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No mention of specific weapons was made
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
Rebel Military Unit Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 51
Number of Captured Perpetrators 43
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
"Small group of soldiers stage revolt in Peru," Dow Jones International News, October 29, 2000.
Ricardo Uztarroz, "Rebel soldiers on the run in Peruvian highlands," Agence France-Presse, October 30, 2000.
Will Weissert, "Standoff draws to an end; Peruvians weigh merits of uprising," Associated Press, October 30, 2000.