Incident Summary:

01/17/2001: Fifty members of the United Self-defense Forces of Colombia (AUC - Las Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia) attacked a village in Chengue, Colombia. Estimates are that between 24 and 28 were killed with machetes, stones and sledgehammers.




South America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Chengue civilians
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 28
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
The group also used heavy stones and sledgehammers.
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Self Defense Units of Colombia (AUC) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 50
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 28 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 28
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
“Death Toll From Chengue Paramilitary Attack Put at 28; Mayor Calls For Aid,” British Broadcasting Corporation, January 23, 2001.
Scott Wilson, “Chronicle of a Massacre Foretold; Colombian Villagers Implicate Army in Paramilitary Strike,” Washington Post, January 28, 2001.
“Castano Confirms Paramilitary Responsibility for Massacres in Sucre Cauca,” El Tiempo, January 19, 2001.