Incident Summary:

09/04/2019: Assailants abducted Harold Bermudez Ayala, a merchant, in La Variente, Cauca, Colombia. Ayala was released on October 22, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents.

GTD ID:
201909040026

When:
2019-09-04

Country:
Colombia

Region:
South America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Cauca

City:
La Variante

Location Details:
The incident occurred along the road connecting Santander de Quilichao district and Popayan district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Merchant: Harold Bermudez Ayala
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 48
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
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
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents Jaime Martinez Mobile Column No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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 update 24 October 2019," BBC Monitoring, October 24, 2019.