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.

You can read more of our coverage about the ELN and Colombia on those respective links.


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