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
"10 dragged off bus, executed," Daily Telegraph, January 17, 2001."
"Rightist gunmen kill 10 as government pledges to combat militias," Associated Press, January 15, 2001."
"Colombia - Massacre alleged paramilitary troops kill ten Colombian peasants," EFE News Service, January 15, 2001."