Incident Summary:

03/06/2016: Assailants abducted eight people, including three Petroperu officials, four OEFA officials, and one energy and mines ministry specialist, in Mayuriaga, Loreto, Peru. All of the hostages were released on March 8, 2016. Wampis extremists claimed responsibility for the incident and sources stated that the attack was carried out in order to "demand help from the central government after an oil spill polluted [Wampis] lands." The leader of the Wampis nation, however, denied that the indigenous group was involved in the attack.




South America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Petroperu
Specific Description Officials
Nationality of Target Peru
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA)
Specific Description Officials
Nationality of Target Peru
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Ministry Of Energy And Mines
Specific Description Specialist
Nationality of Target Peru
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 8
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Wampis extremists (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Amazonian tribe in Peru takes hostages after oil spill," Reuters India, March 7, 2016.
"Catastrophic Oil Spill in the Peruvian Amazon Pits State Energy Company Against Local Tribe," Gizmodo, December 6, 2018.
"Peru tribe frees hostages after oil cleanup deal reached," Peru Reports, March 8, 2016.