Incident Summary:

9/24/2001: Colombian Inspector General Consuelo Araujo Noguera was found shot dead after she and a dozen others were kidnapped at a roadblock by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) near Valledupar, Cesar province, Colombia. The other individuals kidnapped were released. Although FARC did not claim responsibility for the incident, authorities believed this was a response to ongoing peace talks between the rebel group and the Colombian government.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Valledupar district

Location Details:
In the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity The Colombian Inspector General
Specific Description Consuelo Araujo
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 13
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 5
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Araujo was shot in the head and died.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Scott Wilson, "Colombian guerrillas kill popular official; Death puts peace efforts in doubt," Washington Post, October 1, 2001.
"Consuelo Araujo Noguera Colombian culture minister who brought vallenato, the country's accordion music, to international attention," Daily Telegraph (London), October 3, 2001.