Incident Summary:

08/15/2020: Assailants attacked civilians at a barbecue in Santa Catalina, Narino, Colombia. At least eight people were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN), which denied responsibility.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Santa Catalina

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Samaniego district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Assault rifles and automatic pistols were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suggested the attack may have been related to drug trafficking and/or drug trafficking organizations. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
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
"'State of anarchy' in southern Colombia as 13 killed in a week, governor says; Young people massacred at barbeque in Samaniego'Complete disorder' in Nariño as armed groups wreak havoc," The Guardian (London), August 17, 2020.
"Colombia: Gunmen kill nine in attack in Nariño department August 15," GardaWorld, August 16, 2020.
"Colombia media highlights 18 August 2020," BBC Monitoring in Spanish 1930 gmt, August 18, 2020.