Incident Summary:

10/23/2017: A sniper opened fire on a soldier in La Tolerancia, Norte de Santander, Colombia. The soldier was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Popular Liberation Army (EPL).




South America

region/u.s. state:

Norte de Santander

La Tolerancia

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Tibu district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Colombian Naval Infantry
Specific Description Soldier
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
A sniper rifle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Liberation Army (EPL) Los Pelusos No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"A soldier injured by sniper in La Gabarra," La Opinion Online, October 23, 2017.
"Colombia Guerrilla Update: Police Capture ELN Militiamen Alias Caspin in Tuquerres (Narino)," Summary, October 25, 2017.