Incident Summary:

05/03/2020: Assailants abducted two oil company technicians in El Mordisco, Fortul, Arauca, Colombia. The technicians, identified as Pedro León Pérez and Escar Javier Rodríguez, were released on June 12, 2020. The National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) claimed responsibility for the incident.




South America

region/u.s. state:


El Mordisco

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Fortul district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Borets
Specific Description Oil Technicians
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 40
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) Domingo Lain Saenz Front (Subgroup: Martha Helena Baron Commission) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
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
"Eln releases kidnapped contractors in Arauca," CE Noticias Financieras English, June 13, 2020.
"ELN kidnaps two technicians from oil company near Venezuela border," CE Noticias Financieras English, June 8, 2020.