Incident Summary:

4/21/2002: Members of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) kidnapped several high profile figures during a peace march in Antioquia Department, Colombia. Those kidnapped included Guillermo Gaviria, the provincial governor; Gilberto Echeverri, a former defence minister; and Carlos Yepes, a chaplain. Four other prominent people were also kidnapped but were released shortly after. On May 5, 2003, Gaviria and Echeverri were killed, along with eight captive soldiers, during an army-led rescue attempt.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Provincial governor
Specific Description Antioquia Governor Guillermo Gaviria and former national defense minister Gilberto Echeverri
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Chaplain
Specific Description Carlos Yepes, a government chaplain
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 0
Days of Kidnapping 379
Outcome Attempted Rescue
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 It is unclear whether the chaplain was released or killed at a different time
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Colombia Reeling After 10 Hostages Killed In Botched Rescue," Agence France Presse, May 6, 2003
"Family Members of Hostages Killed in Rescue Attempt Blame the Government, " Associated Press, May 6, 2003
"FARC kidnaps governor," The Guardian, April 23, 2002.