BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s No. 2 rebel group on Tuesday freed a Canadian mining executive it kidnapped in January and whose release the government had demanded as a condition for opening peace talks.
Gernot Wober, 47, was freed in the turbulent northern state where he was seized Jan. 18 while visiting a gold-mining camp at a concession his company had purchased and was exploring.
The National Liberation Army, known by its Spanish initials ELN, had demanded Wober’s employer halt exploration at the Snow Mine property in Sur de Bolivar state, claiming the land was stolen from local communities. Last month, Braeval Mining Corp. said it was pulling out of Colombia.
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