Colombia rebel group to free 5 prospectors

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Associated Press

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A Colombian rebel group has announced the liberation of two Peruvian and three Colombian gold prospectors held since January. But the National Liberation Army insurgents didn't mention the fate of a Canadian abducted along with the other men.

The group, known as the ELN, kidnapped the prospectors on Jan. 18 in northern Colombia. They were doing exploratory drilling for Toronto-based Braeval Mining Corp.

The ELN released a statement Tuesday saying the three Colombians and two Peruvians will be released after they are informed of the charges against them in the "trial" of the company.

The statement made no mention of Canadian Gernot Wober, vice president of exploration for the company.

The leftist ELN is Colombia's second-largest insurgency, much smaller than the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

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