Forces loyal to the Colombian state killed six ELN (National Liberation Army) guerrillas in a series of aerial bombardments on Thursday, in a coordinated attack between the military, air force and federal police.
Authorities have released aerial footage of the attack, which shows Colombian forces targeting and firing at ELN camps in the northern rural community of Arenal in the department of Bolivar.
One wounded guerilla was also captured and arms were seized, according to local media reports.
As the second largest guerilla group in the country, the attacks come as the ELN and the government undergo preliminary talks to see if the two sides can come together for more formal peace negotiations.
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The government is already involved in prolonged peace talks with the FARC, known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country's largest guerilla group, who it has been negotiating with for three years. The opposing sides have reached landmark agreements on several issues, including the implementation of a possible bilateral cease-fire by 2016.
The two sides are also negotiating a final peace agreement which could be implemented by March of 2016. Many believe this could put an end to a conflict that has lasted for over 50 years and claimed the lives of over 220,000 people.
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