Incident Summary:

12/28/2016: Assailants opened fire on a police checkpoint in Torca, Bogota, Colombia. One police officer was killed in the attack. This was one of two coordinated attacks on police in the area on the same date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN).




South America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Torca neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police of Colombia
Specific Description Officer: Carlos Andres Rubio
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages 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
Silenced firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Colombia Guerrilla Update: Presumed ELN Rebels Murder Policeman in Torca, Bogota," Summary, December 30, 2016."
"Colombian policeman killed in attack on checkpoint," BBC, December 29, 2016."
"ELN rebels kill cop, wound seven: Colombian govt," Agence France-Presse Top News (English), t, December 29, 2016."