Colombian military demands release of kidnapped personnel

Li Jiayao

BOGOTA, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Colombia's military demanded on Saturday the release of four military personnel and two civilians who were kidnapped by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in the country's Choco sector.

"Colombia demands that the life and integrity of those kidnaped be respected along with their immediate release," the Colombian military wrote on its Twitter page.

The military personnel kidnapped were identified as quartermaster Wilber Renteria, deputy quartermaster Luis Carlos Torres Montoya, patrolman Yemison Leandro Gomez Correa, and soldier Jesus Alberto Ramirez Silva.

The rebels sent a news release confirming their role in the kidnappings.

The Colombian military said they are waiting for instructions from central command and "will do everything possible to safeguard the release of these men."

The issue of kidnappings was discussed during the last round of peace talks that took place in Havana, but a bilateral ceasefire agreement could not be reached.

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