Incident Summary:

12/12/2001: Members of People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) set up an illegal checkpoint along the Cauca River near Magangue, Sucre, Colombia. The rebels stopped a canoe traveling along the river and abducted nine of the passengers. Three people were released the next day. Specific motive is unknown.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Magangue district

Location Details:
Along the Cauca River, 10 minutes away from Magangue, in the area of La Mojana Sucrena

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians traveling in a canoe along the Cauca River
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 9
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
No specific mention of weapons was made.
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 Only three people were reported as being released; it is unknown what happened to the remaining abductees. This incident happened just hours before the same group kidnapped another two people in the same area.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) 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
"ERP Kidnaps 11 People Between Sucre and Magangue," Cartagena El Universal, December 13, 2001.
"Bogota TV Highlights 17. [22] Video Report," Bogota Caracol Television, December 13, 2001.
"Number of ERP Hostages Could Reach 22," Unknown, December 14, 2001.