Thursday, March 20, 2014

Colombia: Five Oil Company Workers Kidnapped in Meta, Rebels Suspected

According to The Latin American Tribune, five employees of an oil company were kidnapped Wednesday (March 19) in the central province of Meta.

Although authorities blamed the kidnappings on rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), there are two different rebel group: The FARC and the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN).

The workers were abducted as they traveled down a secondary road linking the towns of San Juan de Arama and Vista Hermosa.

The road, known as Trocha 32, runs through what is generally considered turf controlled by the FARC.

COMMENT: Authorities said members of the 27th Front of the FARC presumably set up a bogus police checkpoint on Trocha 32 and drove the workers off in two pick-up trucks.

In a continuing bizarre development, the Colombian government has been engaged in peace talks in Havana with the FARC since November 2012, despite not insisting on a cease-fire for both sides. Strange.