Incident Summary:

09/27/2001: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)members were suspected of kidnapping a Russian technician in Huila Province at an electrical power station near the town of Iquira. They also kidnapped four other Colombian workers whom they subsequently released. The victims were employees of Sgem World of Colombia, which carries out maintenance work at electricity facilities in Huila Province. FARC did not claim responsibility for the kidnappings.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Iquira district

Location Details:
This incident occurred at an electrical power station near Iquira.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Russian technician working in Huila, Colombia.
Nationality of Target Russia
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Sgem World of Colombia
Specific Description Employees of Sgem World of Colombia
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Colombian workers
Specific Description Colombian workers in Huila Province
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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 kidnappers released the four Colombia captives soon after taking them hostage. Reports on the incident do not indicate when, if ever, the Russian technician was released.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Russian Kidnapped in Colombia by Suspected Leftist Rebels,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, September 27, 2001.