A citizen of Russia and Armenia fled from the captivity of the rebel Colombian national liberation Army (ELN), firing guards of their weapons. It is reported RIA Novosti citing a statement by the group.
The incident occurred on Wednesday, April 19, ANO reported it on Sunday. As ANO says, the hostage was preparing to release, but during transport he attacked the guard, took his weapon and stabbed five guards from among the rebels. Then the man ran away, while he himself was wounded.
“Units of the ELN went along with the wounded, the situation with the gentleman that drove for the exemption remains unknown,” reads the statement of the militants. The rebels said that his name is Arsene (Lavon) Voskanyan.
Voskanyan was kidnapped in November 2016, when engaged in jungle fishing poisonous frogs. Russian diplomats through the Red cross asked them to free their citizen.
The Russian Embassy in Bogota has not been able to confirm or deny information about events.
Currently, ELN is the only major insurgent group operating in Colombia. Previously, the largest rebel organization, the Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia, from the second attempt have reached an agreement with the authorities on disarmament and return to civilian life.