Colombian army rescues five kidnapped oil workers

August 3rd, 2008 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Bogota, Aug 3 (IANS) Five Colombian oil workers, kidnapped earlier this week by leftist rebels in a northeastern province, have been rescued in an army commando operation, EFE news agency reported Sunday quoting the military. General Paulino Coronado of the Colombian army said the five personnel of oil prospecting firm G2Seismic Ltd were kidnapped Thursday by the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas from an oil field in a remote rural area of Santander province, 700 km from Bogota.

Coronado said Saturday’s commando operation rescuing the five was bloodless.

Meanwhile, the army Friday rescued Venezuelan businessman Edgar Torres Mendoza, kidnapped July 27 by the ELN in the same province.

The army troops attacked a camp of the rebels where the businessman was being held and rescued him.

In the gunfight the army wounded and captured a guerrilla, the military said.

The ELN is Colombia’s second-largest guerrilla army after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

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