Colombia’s ELN rebels to release kidnapped Dutch journalists

DWThe leftist Colombian rebel group National Liberation Army (ELN) on Thursday claimed responsibility for kidnapping two Dutch journalists, promising to surrender them to authorities within days.

Dutch journalist Derk Johannes Bolt and cameraman Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, who were searching for the biological mother of a Colombian child adopted by a Dutch couple, “are in good health and will be released,” the Marxist rebels said in a statement published on Twitter.

The two men were captured in El Tarra in the restive Norte de Santander region near the Venezuelan border, the same area where a Colombian-Spanish journalist was kidnapped in May.
In February, the Colombian government began peace talks with the rebel group, which launched its insurgency more than 50 years ago. …

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