Incident Summary:

09/30/2009: On Wednesday, in El Castillo, Meta, Colombia, an armed assailant on horseback fired upon town councilman, Germán Herrera Rozo, of the liberal political party, killing the councilman and wounding one child. No group claimed responsibility, however authorities believed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was responsible.




South America

region/u.s. state:


El Castillo

Location Details:
The attack took place in El Castillo, Meta, Colombia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Colombian Government
Specific Description A Councilman was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms 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 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Local Government Official Killed, One Child Wounded in Armed Attack by Suspected FARC in El Castillo, Meta, Colombia," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 20, 2010.
El Espectador,"Murders," (September 30, 2009).