Incident Summary:

12/14/2019: Assailants abducted Eider Colina Ruiz from his farm in San Nicolas, Arauca, Colombia. Ruiz, the Arauca treasurer, was released on December 17, 2019 in El Amparo, Apure, Venezuela. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) dissidents.

GTD ID:
201912140015

When:
2019-12-14

Country:
Colombia

Region:
South America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Arauca

City:
Near San Nicolas

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 Arauca
Specific Description Treasurer: Eider Colina Ruiz
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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 Tenth Dissidence Front 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 update 18 December 2019," BBC Monitoring, December 18, 2019.