BOGOTA: The Colombian army killed at least 13 leftist guerrillas early Wednesday in two separate engagements, the defense ministry said.
Eight ELN guerrillas were killed in an operation in the eastern province of Arauca and at least five rebels from the FARC guerrilla group were killed in the central province of Meta, a defense ministry spokesman told AFP.
He said the toll could rise as troops continue sweeping the two areas.
The army said in a statement that the operation in Arauca, which also involved the air force, navy and national police, targeted an ELN camp that was “responsible for attacks on civilians, roads and oil infrastructure in recent days.”
Eight ELN fighters were captured in the operation, including several minors who have been handed over to child protection authorities, it said.
Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon is expected to travel to the region, which borders Venezuela, later Wednesday.
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