Incident Summary:

02/23/2019: Assailants attacked Swedish journalist Annika H. Rothstein and her security team along the border in San Antonio del Tachira, Tachira, Venezuela. The victims were robbed and held hostage for a short period of time before being released. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to supporters of Nicolas Maduro.




South America

region/u.s. state:


San Antonio del Tachira

Location Details:
The incident occurred along the Venezuela-Colombia border.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Journalist: Annika H. Rothstein
Nationality of Target Sweden
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Unknown Weapon 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
Supporters of Nicolas Maduro No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Jewish journalist attacked by pro-Maduro guerillas near Venezuelan border," EIN News, February 24, 2019.