Incident Summary:

08/10/2019: Assailants stopped a Ministry of Labor vehicle in Aspasica, Norte de Santander, Colombia. The vehicle of ministry officials, including Mayor Milciades Pinzon, was released after two hours. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Popular Liberation Army (EPL).

GTD ID:
201908100021

When:
2019-08-10

Country:
Colombia

Region:
South America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Norte de Santander

City:
Aspasica

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Ministry of Labor
Specific Description Vehicle of Ministry Officials
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Popular Liberation Army (EPL) Elistenio Torres Villalba Company 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
Sources
"Colombia military, guerrilla roundup 12 August 2019," BBC Monitoring, August 13, 2019.