Incident Summary:

01/19/2006: Three technical and engineering personnel working for the company Ecopetrol, were kidnapped by suspected FARC members in Arauca, Colombia. FARC was known to be extorting the company. One of the victims, Gabriel Antonio Moreno, was found dead on January 21, 2006 by authorities. The other two victims were released on January 23, 2006 with no reported injuries.




South America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Ecopetrol
Specific Description Engineering personelle
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
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 One of the hostages was killed and found dead on January 21, 2006. The two other hostages were released on January 23, 2006. No information regarding ransom was available.
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
Highlights: Colombia Military/Guerrilla/Paramilitary Activities 22-23 Jan 06, Colombia – OSC Report, January 23, 2006.
Colombia-Secuestro: Hallan Muerto a Técnico Secuestrado Junto a Dos Ingenieros, Spanish Newswire Services, January 22, 2006.
Occidental Petroleum Worker Killed in Eastern Colombia, The Associated Press Worldwide, January 24, 2006