Incident Summary:

12/30/2011: Militants from the Arauco Malleco Coordinating Group (CAM), a Mapuche fringe group, set a forest service helicopter on fire in a forest service camp in Araucania, Chile. After doing so, they put up posters referring to their struggle to regain ancestral lands. No deaths or injuries were reported.




South America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A forest service camp in Araucania

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Araucania forest service camp
Specific Description Forest service fire-fighting chopper
Nationality of Target Chile
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $2,500,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 Mapuche militants have a history of using arson in campaigns aimed at reclaiming land now used by agribusiness firms and forest product companies.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arauco Malleco Coordinating Group (CAM) - Chile Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Militants burn down government chopper in Chile," Indo-Asian News Source, December 31, 2011.
Paulina Abramovich, "Chile wildfire death toll at 7, president invokes terror law," Agence France Presse, January 6, 2011.