Incident Summary:

11/28/2000: Juliana Villegas, the daughter of the president of the National Association of Industries, was abducted near Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. Six armed members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) grabbed her and forced her into a car. She was released on March 2, 2001, as a "humanitarian gesture". FARC stated that they released her after they were satisfied that Villegas and her father had no ties to a paramilitary group. They did not ask for a ransom for her release.




South America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A few blocks from the Javeriana University in Bogota

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity National Association of Industries
Specific Description Luis Carlos Villegas, the president of National Association of Industries
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Juliana Villegas, the daughter of Luis Carlos Villegas
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 95
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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 The victim was abducted in Bogota but was released in southeastern Huila province. She said that she was in perfect health.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
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
"Colombia kidnapping teen age daughter of top business leader kidnapped," Associated Press, November 29, 2000.
"Columbia - Kidnapping Columbian gov't condemns kidnapping of industry leader's daughter," EFE News Service, November 28, 2000.
Will Weissert, "Guerrillas free daughter of Colombian business leader," Associated Press, March 2, 2001.