Incident Summary:

04/16/2018: Assailants armed with firearms raided the Aridos Mardones gravel factory between Vilcun and Cajon, Araucania, Chile. There were no reported casualties, though over a dozen vehicles were set on fire in the attack. The Arauco Malleco Coordinating Group (CAM) - Chile claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in support of Celestino Córdova, a Mapuche leader jailed for arson in 2013, who was on a hunger strike at the time of the incident.




South America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred between between Vilcun and Cajon.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Aridos Mardones
Specific Description Gravel Factory
Nationality of Target Chile
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Additional Information The victims included the owner of the factory, Patricio Mardones.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Arauco Malleco Coordinating Group (CAM) - Chile Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
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
"In Chile, suspected Mapuche activists torch 16 trucks, diggers," France24, April 16, 2018.
"Multimillionaire losses and 18 affected workers leave new attack in the IX Region," CE Noticias Financieras English, April 17, 2018.