Five oil workers kidnapped in Colombian central state

Posted on Mar 19 2014 - 9:23am by Rico

Colombian authorities have confirmed the kidnapping of five oil company workers in the central state of Meta, local media reported on Wednesday.

The country’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed reports that unknown individuals have kidnapped five oil workers from the Vista Hermosa sector in the remote southern area of the state, Blu Radio reported.

Initial reports have stated that although the 1, 53 and 17 Fronts of the FARC rebel group — the largest guerrilla group in Colombia — operate in the region no confirmation of their involvement has been ascertained.

The contractors of the petroleum company Sercapetrol were reportedly taken by unknown assailants as they travelled through the Vista Hermosa area by vehicle, Santa Fe Radio reported.

So far, no armed or criminal groups have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and no ransom calls have been made, El Pais newspaper reported.

The bodies of two police officers — allegedly kidnapped by the FARC — were discovered on Tuesday in the state of Nariño, which prompted a Senator from President Juan Manuel Santos’ U Party to call off the ongoing peace talks with the rebel group.

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Heavily criticized by the government’s political opponents, the peace process between the Colombian government and the rebel group in Cuba began in 2012 and seeks to end the 50-year civil armed conflict.


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