BOGOTA – five Colombian soldiers were Tuesday killed by a bomb attack, carried out by the marxist ELN rebels. Also were more than ten soldiers were injured by the attack near the border with Venezuela, according to the army.
The attack came a day after the National Liberation army (ELN) said it was a unilateral cease-fire in eight would take in the parliamentary elections next month. The government had said that such a gesture was necessary to the stalled peace talks between the two parties to restart.
During the attack using the guerrilla’s “explosive” against military vehicles on the road between the towns of Tibu and Salazar de las Palmas in the province of Norte de Santander.
The government stopped the peace talks with the ELN in January, after the end of a first cease-fire of both parties, when rebel attacks on security forces and oil pipelines resume. Eight police officers were killed.
The 2000-man strong group was founded by radical roman catholic priests in 1964. The United States and the European Union consider the ELN as a terrorist organization.