Incident Summary:

4/11/2002: Members of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) kidnapped 12 provincial lawmakers from the parliament building in Cali, Valle del Cauca Department, Colombia. The assailants burst into the legislative assembly, posing as a bomb squad and ordering the assembly to evacuate. The assailants led the 12 lawmakers into a vehicle and drove off with them. Rescue attempts were partially successful; a legislator and four aides were later rescued. However, the wife of one of the remaining captives received a phone call from her husband asking that the rescue attempts cease, given that they were putting the hostages in danger. One officer was killed in the attack and the outcome of the abduction is unknown.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Valle del Cauca


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Colombian lawmakers
Specific Description Colombian lawmakers in legislative assembly in Cali
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 12
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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 One source states that 13 lawmakers were kidnapped while two sources state that 12 lawmakers were kidnapped.
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
"Lawmakers kidnapped from state parliament building in Cali," Associated Press Newswires, April 11, 2002
"Colombia rebels kidnap 12 provincial lawmakers," Reuters News, April 11, 2002
"Colombian guerrillas kidnap 12 provincial lawmakers," Agence France-Presse, April 12, 2002.