Incident Summary:

09/08/2020: Assailants opened fire on a vehicle while fleeing a previous attack in Canete, Arauco district, Bio-Bio, Chile. At least one civilian was killed and an unknown number of people were injured in the attack. This was one of two related incidents in Canete on this date. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Mapuche activists.




South America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in Arauco 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 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 Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Shotguns 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
Additional Information The victims included Moises Orellana Pavez.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mapuche extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
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.