Incident Summary:

02/28/2009: On Saturday, at 0930, in Popayan, Cauca, Colombia, assailants kidnapped primary healthcare worker for The East Health Center of Cauca, 42 year old Tomas Vernaza Niño. No injuries or damages were reported. No group claimed responsibility, although it was suspected that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were responsible.




South America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Popayan, Cauca, Colombia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Tomas Vernaza Niño
Specific Description A healthcare worker was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages Unknown
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
It is unknown if weapons were used in the attack.
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 summary of this incident was partially based on an article originally written in Spanish.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) (suspected) 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 Unknown
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources, "Hostage Taking," (February 2, 2010).
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Healthcare Worker Kidnapped by Suspected FARM in Popayan, Cauca, Colombia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 8, 2009.