Incident Summary:

07/18/2020: Assailants detonated explosive devices and opened fire on a military vehicle in La Silla, Tibu, Norte de Santander, Colombia. At least two soldiers were killed and eight soldiers were injured in the attack. 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:

Norte de Santander

La Silla

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Tibu district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity National Army of Colombia
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosive devices and automatic rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims include soldiers Adalberto Romero Hoyos and Jorman Contreras Villalba.
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 2 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2 military killed in COLOMBIA ELN ambush," CE Noticias Financieras English, July 19, 2020.
"Colombia.- Two Colombian militarymen killed and eight wounded in guerrilla attack," CE Noticias Financieras English, July 18, 2020.