Incident Summary:

02/17/2020: Assailants abducted and killed Jose Lopez, a Ciudadanos por la Libertad (Citizens for Freedom, CxL) leader, in Umbla de Vijawes, North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Reigion, Nicaragua. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Central America & Caribbean

region/u.s. state:

North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Reigion

Umbla de Vijawes

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Mulukuku district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Citizens for Freedom
Specific Description Leader: Jose Lopez
Nationality of Target Nicaragua
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
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"Six-shot kidnapping and shooting of opposition politician To President Daniel Ortega," CE Noticias Financieras English, February 20, 2020.