Incident Summary:

08/21/2020: Assailants abducted and killed three civilians in Paloquemao, Norte de Santander, Colombia. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN).




South America

region/u.s. state:

Norte de Santander


Location Details:
The incident occurred near Capitan Largo town.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
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 Yes
Number of Hostages 3
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) (suspected) Heroes del Catatumbo Company No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
"Three people die in massacre in Ocaña, Norte de Santander," CE Noticias Financieras English, September 18, 2020.
"Colombia wave of violence leaves three victims in new massacre," CE Noticias Financieras English, August 26, 2020.