Incident Summary:

03/20/2018: An explosive device detonated targeting a military patrol in Mataje, Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Four soldiers were killed and six others were injured in the blast. 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:


Near Mataje

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Ecuadoran Army
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target Ecuador
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A roadside bomb 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
Additional Information The victims included Sergeant Xavier Perez Estupinan, First Corporal Wilmer Alvarez Pemnetel, First Corporal Luis Alejandro Erazo Granizo, Miguel Leon Chavez, Franklin Sisa Castro, Marinero John Arreaga, Carlos Salazar Quinonez, Victor Mosquera Villalba, Jimmy Muhr Quintero, Jose Borbor Albay, and Marcos Castro Apolinario. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
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 4 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Three Ecuadorian soldiers killed in bomb blast at Colombia border," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, March 20, 2018.
"Officials attribute Ecuador attack to dissident FARC rebels," ABC News, March 21, 2018.
"Blast kills three Ecuadoran troops near Colombia border," France24, March 20, 2018.