Incident Summary:

09/20/2019: Assailants abducted the younger brother of the Corinthian mayor in Corinth, Cauca, Colombia. The hostage was released on November 29, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents.




South America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Corinth
Specific Description Brother of Mayor Edward Garcia: Cristian Garcia
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 70
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents 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
"Colombia military, guerrilla roundup 2 December 2019," BBC Monitoring, December 3, 2019.
"Colombia military/guerrilla roundup 23 September 2019," BBC Monitoring, September 24, 2019.
"Alleged explosive-laden motorcycle attack in Corinth, Cauca," CE Noticias Financieras English, September 21, 2019.