Incident Summary:

01/25/2018: Assailants abducted four people, including three FARC (Revolutionary Alternative Common Force) members in La Florida, Narino, Colombia. The bodies of the four hostages were discovered on January 30, 2018. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN).




South America

region/u.s. state:


La Florida district

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 Former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Members
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 5
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
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 Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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's FARC says ELN rebels behind deaths of three of its members," Reuters UK, February 1, 2018.
"Eln, after death of 3 members of Farc: Prosecutor's Office," CE Noticias Financieras English, February 6, 2018.
"BBCM Terrorism Digest 1-2 February 2018," BBC Monitoring, February 2, 2018.