The ELN frees a Colombian engineer who had been kidnapped since January

The ELN frees a Colombian engineer who had been kidnapped since January



The guerrilla of the National Liberation Army (ELN) today released the engineer Rafael Andrés Riaño, worker of the oil company Ismocol, who was kidnapped on January 13, reported the Ombudsman's Office.

"A commission from the Office of the Ombudsman and the Church received Rafael Andrés Riaño Ravelo, an official of the oil company Ismocol, who was in the hands of the ELN since January of this year," the entity explained in his Twitter account.

The engineer was kidnapped on January 13 at the offices of Ismocol in the municipality of Saravena, which is part of the department of Arauca (border with Venezuela).

Precisely, the release took place in a "rural area of ​​the foot of Mount Araucano", according to the Ombudsman's Office.

On April 5, the leader of the front, Domingo Laín Sanz of the ELN, Gustavo Aníbal Giraldo, alias "Pablito", was attributed the kidnapping of Riaño Ravelo, as well as the engineer José Leonardo Ataya, released on November 13.

The ELN began last Sunday a unilateral Christmas ceasefire that has been met with skepticism by the Colombian government, which demands that it stop all criminal activities, especially kidnapping, in order to resume peace talks.

The negotiations have been suspended since last August 1 in the Cuban capital concluded the sixth cycle of negotiations with the government of then President Juan Manuel Santos.

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