Leader of Colombia’s last remaining active rebel group killed by security forces | world-news | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
May 28, 2017-Sunday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Leader of Colombia’s last remaining active rebel group killed by security forces

The operation, which took place in the south of the country’s northern Bolivar department, also left Ortega’s “escort” dead, according to a tweet from General Jorge Nieto, director of Colombia’s National Police.

world Updated: Mar 24, 2017 14:04 IST
Colombia

This photo taken on January 26, 2017 shows Danilo Hernandez, (C) commander of the Western Front of War Cimarron Resistance of the National Liberation Army (ELN), during an interview with AFP in Alto Baudo, in the department of Choco.(AFP Photo)

A leader of the ELN, Colombia’s last remaining active rebel force, has been killed in an operation by security forces, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday.

“I congratulate our Public Forces for neutralizing Alvaro Gelves Ortega, alias Jairo, 1st leader of the ELN’s Jose Antonio Galan Front,” Santos wrote on Twitter.

The operation, which took place in the south of the country’s northern Bolivar department, also left Ortega’s “escort” dead, according to a tweet from General Jorge Nieto, director of Colombia’s National Police.

The authorities did not provide further details regarding the operation.

The leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Santos government have been engaged in rocky peace talks since February.

The discussions follow a historic disarmament accord last year between the government and the country’s largest rebel force, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Santos is trying to achieve “complete peace” by seeking a deal with the ELN without a ceasefire in place.

Colombian authorities say the multi-sided conflict has killed 260,000 people, left 60,000 missing, and displaced 6.9 million since it started with a leftist uprising in 1964.