Colombian air assault frees 15 fishermen held by ELN

Colombia's Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas (R) greets the group of fishermen who had been held by the ELN (Army of National Liberation) on January 16, 2016 in Aguachica, ColombiaFifteen fishermen who had been abducted by Colombia’s ELN guerrilla group were freed Sunday in a dramatic operation involving 200 commandos and six helicopters, the government announced. President Juan Manuel Santos first announced it in a Twitter post congratulating the military. The operation against about a dozen rebels from the National Liberation Army (ELN) began early Sunday, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas told reporters in the town of Aguachica, in Cesar department.

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