Incident Summary:

10/30/2020: Assailants set fire to barricades along Route 5 Sur (South) near Metrenco, Araucania, Chile. The assailants then opened fire on police attempting to clear the barricades, killing one officer (Corporal Eugenio Nain Caniumil). No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Mapuche activists.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Near Metrenco

Location Details:
The incident occurred on kilometer 682 of Route 5 Sur (South).

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Carabineros
Specific Description Officers: Eugenio Nain Caniumil
Nationality of Target Chile
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 Claimed Responsibility
Mapuche extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Police officer shot dead in clash with demonstrators in Chile," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 30, 2020.
"Carabineros confirmed that official was shot dead in ambush in La Araucanía," CE Noticias Financieras English, October 30, 2020.
"Confirm death of carabinero shot in La Araucanía," CE Noticias Financieras English, October 30, 2020.