Incident Summary:

09/17/2020: Assailants opened fire on police officers in La Sabana, Norosi district, Bolivar, Colombia. Two officers, Robinson Cardona Arboleda and Yehison Vasquez Martinez, were killed in the incident. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Luis Jose Solano Sepulveda Front of the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN).




South America

region/u.s. state:


La Sabana

Location Details:
The incident occurred near Norosi

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police of Colombia
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target Colombia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Mayor Robinson Cardona Arboleda and Yehison Vasquez Martinez.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN) Luis Jose Solano Sepulveda Front No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Colombian president condemns killing of two police officers," Xinhua General News Service, September 18, 2020.
"Colombia.- Two policemen killed in northern Colombia, allegedly at the hands of the ELN," CE Noticias Financieras English, September 18, 2020.