Colombia: Kidnapped Dutch journalists released by rebels
June 24, Bogotá: Colombia's Marxist ELN rebel group has freed two Dutch journalists it snatched and held captive. The pair were kidnapped near the Venezuelan border four days ago.
Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said on Saturday that two reporters had been freed by the rebel group in Colombia, saying it was "very good news." The Dutch ambassador has been in contact with both men, the minister added, also thanking the Colombian government for their support.
Colombia's ombudsman office, which deals with human rights issues said that Bolt and Follender had been freed in a rural area of Norte de Santander state, in the north of the country, near where they had been detained. Confusion initially surrounded the men's release when Colombia's ELN rebel group said Friday it had released the two men, but later retracted the statement saying it had made an "error" when making the announcement.
"The two foreigners captured by the ELN in Catatumbo have been released in perfect condition," the National Liberation Army (ELN) wrote on Twitter.
The Oslo Times International News Network