Incident Summary:

05/05/2020: An explosive device detonated targeting the Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline in La Ceiba, Arauca, Colombia. There were no reported casualties in the blast. This was one of three related attacks targeting the pipeline on this day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN).




South America

region/u.s. state:


La Ceiba

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Ecopetrol
Specific Description Cano Limon-Covenas Oil Pipeline
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) 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
"Ecopetrol denounces fresh wave of pipeline attacks," Argus Media, May 5, 2020.
"Ecopetrol unit condemns attacks against oil pipelines in Colombia," Reuters India, May 5, 2020.
"Ecopetrol subsidiary reports seven attacks on two pipelines in Colombia," CE Noticias Financieras English, May 5, 2020.