Incident Summary:

01/01/2005: Approximately 150 members of the Etnocacerista Movement attacked and took over the police station in Andahuaylas, Peru. The perpetrators killed four police officers and took 10 others hostage in the armed intrusion. The movement’s leader, Antauro Humala, said that the objective was to force Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo to resign and to protest the government's decision to impose early retirement on more than 250 military and police officers. Peruvian troops launched an assault on the station on January 3, 2005, to regain control. The outcome of the hostage situation was not known.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Peruvian Police Forces
Specific Description Andahuaylas Police Station
Nationality of Target Peru
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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 The outcome of hostage situation was unknown, but 100 elite Peruvian soldiers launched an assault on the police station on 01/03/05 to regain control of the facility. The Etnocacerista Movement is composed mainly of army reservists.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Etnocacerista Movement Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Peruvian Troops Launched Assault on Rebel-Held Police Station,” EFE, January 3, 2005.
Rebel Group Holds Three Policemen Hostage,” Radio Programas del Peru, January 1, 2005.
“At Least Four Police Officers Killed in Shootout With Rebels in Peru,” ACAN-EFE, January 2, 2005.