Incident Summary:

02/19/2018: Assailants in Colombia equipped with mortars and firearms attacked a military patrol in El Pan, Esmeraldas, Ecuador. At least two soldiers were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents.




South America

region/u.s. state:


El Pan

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the San Lorenzo district near the Colombian border.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Ecuadoran Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Two mortars and firearms were 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
Additional Information Ecuadorian officials also alleged the involvement of Mexican drug cartels in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ecuador: 'Mexico Cartels Involved in Border Town Attack'," El, February 21, 2018.
"Colombian police die in clash with 'FARC dissidents'," France24, February 20, 2018.
"Injured Ecuadorian Soldiers Taken to Quito After Border Attack,", February 20, 2018.