Incident Summary:

07/30/2018: Gunmen opened fire on a billiard hall in Catatumbo, El Tarra, Norte de Santander, Colombia. Nine people, including four former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) members, were killed and one was injured. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the People's Liberation Army (EPL). Both groups denied responsibility.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Norte de Santander

El Tarra

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Catatumbo area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Billiard Hall
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Community Action Board of Kilometer 84
Specific Description President: Frederman Quintero
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Former Members of FARC
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) (suspected) No
Popular Liberation Army (EPL) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
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
"Colombia shoot-out kills eight in area hit by rebel feud," BBC, July 31, 2018.
"Massacre in northeast Colombia: eight killed," Colombia Reports, July 31, 2018.
"Eln and Epl deny responsibility in the El Tarra massacre," CE Noticias Financieras English, July 31, 2018.