Incident Summary:

10/29/2019: Assailants threw explosive devices and opened fire on members of a Nasa indigenous convoy in Toribio, Cauca, Colombia. Five people, including indigenous Tacueyó governor Cristina Bautista, were killed and six others were injured in the attack. This was one of two related attacks in Toribio on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Toribio district

Location Details:
The incident occurred on the Tacueyo reservation.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Indigenous Governor: Cristina Bautista
Nationality of Target Colombia
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Indigenous Guard
Specific Description Convoy
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
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suggested the attack may have been related to drug trafficking in the area.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents 6th Hernando Gonzalez Acosta Front; Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Colombia launches military offensive after killing of five indigenous leaders; Operation aims to route out armed groups in conflict-ridden Cauca province and hunt down gunmen responsible for massacre," The Guardian (London), October 30, 2019.
"Indians pressure Duque to attend security council over FARC attack," CE Noticias Financieras English, October 31, 2019.
"Colombia violence: Dissident rebels kill indigenous chief," Newpaper24, October 30, 2019.