Incident Summary:

11/21/2016: Assailants attacked and took control of an Ecsa Ecuacorriente mining camp in Morona Santiago, Ecuador. The assailants relinquished control of the mining camp the following day. At least seven police officers were injured in the assault. Shuar extremists claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in response to military operations evicting Shuar civilians in order to open up the land for mining activities.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Morona Santiago


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Ecsa Ecuacorriente
Specific Description Mining Camp
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Shuar extremists 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 / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"The Struggle Between Ecuador's Indigenous Shuar and the Mega-Mining Project That's Displacing Them," Remezcla, November 22, 2016.
"The New Threat of Mining in Shuar Territory," Pachamama Alliance, February 23, 2017.