Incident Summary:

10/31/2000: Carlos Castano and other members of the United Self Defense Units of Colombia (AUC) took seven lawmakers hostage in Colombia. The hostage-taking was executed in order to protest President Patsrana's policy of negotiating with guerrillas, in general, and the plan to trade leftist rebel prisoners for captured troops and police, in particular. The government agreed to hold a private meeting with Castano to hear his views concerning ending the conflict in Colombia. The hostages were released on November 6th and 7th; they were unharmed.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Colombian lawmakers
Specific Description Seven Colombian legislators
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 7
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 6
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No mention of 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
Additional Information Two sources state that seven legislators were taken captive, but one source states that eight were released.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Self Defense Units of Colombia (AUC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
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
"Paramilitaries in Colombia kidnap seven lawmakers," Agence France-Presse, November 1, 2000.
"Hostages released and peace talks resumed in Colombia," Xinhua News Agency, November 2, 2000.
"Warlord frees kidnapped Colombian lawmakers," Reuters, November 7, 2000.