Incident Summary:

1/15/2001: Twenty suspected members of the United Self Defense Units of Colombia (AUC) clad in military uniforms stopped a bus in a village outside of Popayan, Cauca, Colombia. The gunmen forced the passengers off the bus, killed ten of them and wounded the driver. The remaining passengers fled.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Cajibio district

Location Details:
In a village outside of Popayan, approximately 450 kilometers southwest of Bogota

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 Civilians on a bus outside of Popayan
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
9mm and .38-calibre pistols
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 assailants made the passengers lie down on the ground before shooting them. One of the victims was a former police officer.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Self Defense Units of Colombia (AUC) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Colombia - Massacre alleged paramilitary troops kill ten Colombian peasants," EFE News Service, January 15, 2001."
"Rightist gunmen kill 10 as government pledges to combat militias," Associated Press, January 15, 2001."
"10 dragged off bus, executed," Daily Telegraph, January 17, 2001."