miércoles, 26 de noviembre de 2014

FARC release two soldiers in Colombia, eight fighters caught

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) freed on 25 November two Colombian soldiers they had taken hostage on 9 November, in a move likely intended to help resume peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana. The government was expecting the release of three more hostages including a general taken prisoner in north-western Colombia on 16 November, which had earlier prompted it to halt talks with the FARC. The two soldiers were handed over to a humanitarian team in the department of Arauca, and were later described as in good condition, El Espectador reported. Also on 25 November, eight fighters of the smaller guerrilla force the National Liberation Army (ELN), surrendered or were caught by the army in the countryside of the district of San Pablo in BolívarEl Tiempo and media reported. The daily stated that so far in November 2014, state forces had killed 10 ELN fighters in the southern half of Bolívar and captured six, while four had surrendered. It described this part of the Bolívar department as an important source of financing for the ELN, through extortions from estates and businesses.