Four ELN Guerrillas Killed in Colombia

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first_img The rebel group has expressed its willingness to join the peace talks that have been carried out by the FARC and the Colombian government headed by President Juan Manuel Santos in Cuba. By Dialogo May 17, 2013 Previously, the guerrillas had demanded the multinational company Braewal Mining to cease its mining activities in the northern area of the country, and in exchange they would release 47-year-old Canadian engineer Jernoc Wobert. The ELN, with 2,500 combatants, is the second largest insurgency group in the country, following the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), with 48 years of armed confrontation and 8,000 combatants. Four guerrillas from the National Liberation Army (ELN) were killed, and another one was captured during an armed confrontation that took place in a rural area of the department of Arauca, bordering Venezuela, the Colombian Army reported on May 15. center_img Last week, a possible inclusion of the ELN into the peace talks was considered by Santos, who asked for the release of a Canadian engineer, kidnapped by this insurgency in January. The Colombian armed conflict, in which right-wing paramilitary groups and drug trafficking organizations have also participated, has left over 3.7 million displaced people, 600,000 dead and 15,000 missing individuals in almost 50 years. The insurgents were killed and a female guerilla identified under the alias ‘Adriana’ was captured in the village of Agua Blanca, in Tame municipality, the Army’s 16th Brigade stated. last_img

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