On Saturday it was reported that ELN rebels had abducted an engineer working at the Ecopetrol oilfield in Saravena, Arauca, near the border with Venezuela. According to a police statement, Andrés Riaño Ravelo was taken by ‘two masked men with pistols who identified themselves as members of the ELN.’
He is an employee of Ismocol, working on a contract for Cenit, the logistics and transportation subsidiary of Colombian national oil company Ecopetrol.
A ceasefire between the ELN and the Colombian Government ended on Wednesday of last week. Since then, the group has resumed hostilities, attack oil facilities and reportedly killing a soldier and two policemen.
This Deutsche Welle piece offers some background on the current security situation.
- BBC: Colombia’s ELN rebels kidnap oil worker
- Deutsche Welle: Colombia’s ELN rebels kidnap oil engineer
- AFP: Alleged Colombian ELN rebels kidnap oil engineer
- Colombia Reports: ELN rebels kidnap oil worker in eastern Colombia
- Finance Colombia: ELN Guerrillas Allegedly Kidnap Ecopetrol Contractor in Arauca
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