Incident Summary:

09/08/2020: Assailants attacked three cabins in Laguna Grande De lloncao area, Canete, Arauco district, Bio-Bio, Chile. The assailants forced residents to leave before setting fire to the cabins and stealing two vehicles. There were no reported casualties. This was one of two related incidents in Canete on this date. Mapuche activists claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in protest against the imprisonment of their members.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Near Canete

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Laguna Grande De lloncao area in Arauco district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Cabins
Nationality of Target Chile
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target Chile
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Firearms, including shotguns, and fire were used in the attack.
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
Mapuche extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
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
"Unknown attackers burn houses, kill young man in southern Chile," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, September 8, 2020.
"Prosecutor's office confirmed that the same group that burned cabin murdered young man in Cañete," CE Noticias Financieras English, September 9, 2020.
"A young man was shot dead in Chile by a group of Mapuche activists," CE Noticias Financieras English, September 8, 2020.