BOGOTA: Colombia’s second-largest guerrilla group has asked for proof that two German men it holds hostage are tourists and not intelligence agents, the rebels said today.
The National Liberation Army, known as the ELN, captured the two men in November 2012, the government says, in a sparsely populated area near the Venezuelan border but only made the kidnapping public earlier this month.
Germany said that the two were retirees and had been traveling as tourists.
The ELN, considered a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, asked the German government to name one of their officials in Colombia to facilitate the men’s liberation.
The rebel group is not included in peace talks in Cuba between the Colombian government and the nation’s biggest insurgent group the FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, to end to five decades of war.