Four ELN Guerrillas Killed in Colombia
By Dialogo May 17, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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