Incident Summary:

03/15/2017: Assailants abducted Yuri Katherine Higuera Quintero, an engineer, in Tibu district, Norte de Santander, Colombia. Quintero was released on March 27, 2017. The Popular Liberation Army (EPL) claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded to be recognized by the Colombian national government as a guerrilla fighting force and be included in peace processes.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Norte de Santander

Tibu district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Dumian Palm Growing Company
Specific Description Engineer: Yuri Katherine Higuera Quintero
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 12
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Liberation Army (EPL) Los Pelusos Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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
"It was terrible, I thought something was going to happen to me: Released by the Epl," La Opinion Online, March 28, 2017.
"Colombia Guerrilla Update: ELN Attack Leaves 2 Military Dead, 3 Wounded in Fortul (Arauca)," Summary, March 29, 2017.