Rebel Leader Captured in Venezuela: Colombian President

By Dialogo
December 29, 2010

A top Colombian rebel has been captured in Venezuela, President Juan Manuel Santos said on 27 December in praising the role played by Caracas in assisting with the arrest.

Santos said the captured rebel, Nilson Alvin Teran Ferreira, was a senior leader of the ELN rebel group who goes by the alias “Tulio.”

“I want to thank President Hugo Chavez and officials in Venezuela for the increasing cooperation that we are having on all fronts, including as is evident here in the area of security,” Santos said.

The Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (National Liberation Army) is Colombia’s second largest rebel group after the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.)

Between 2,500 and 4,000 armed fighters are estimated to be waging a decades-old battle against the Colombian government on behalf of the ELN.