Incident Summary:

06/30/2016: Assailants abducted a civilian, Victor M., in Lago Agrio, Sucumbios, Ecuador. The hostage was released on July 20, 2016. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).




South America

region/u.s. state:


Lago Agrio

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Victor M.
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 20
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 1000000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 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 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"FARC Dissidents Forming Criminal Groups in Ecuador: Reports," InSight Crime, August 9, 2016.
"Foreign citizens are behind attacks in Sucumbíos," El Comercio, August 9, 2016.