Bogota | EFE | HOMELAND
A contractor for the Colombian state company Ecopetrol was kidnapped by armed men this Thursday in a rural area of Catatumbo, an area in northeastern Colombia on the border with Venezuela, the oil company reported this Friday.
This is an employee of the company Consultc who worked in the T 888K well, a refinery located in the municipality of Tibú, in the department of Norte de Santander.
“The worker was removed from his workplace by armed men, while he was carrying out tasks related to the process of abandoning well T 888K,” Ecopetrol said in a statement.
This man “was threatened and forced to board a vehicle, which later took an unknown direction,” said the company, which gave no clues about the possible perpetrators of this kidnapping.
In Catatumbo, one of the poorest and most forgotten regions of Colombia and which has very porous borders with Venezuela, there is a presence of the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas and dissident and residual groups of the extinct FARC, as well as a redoubt of the Popular Liberation Army (ELP) and criminal drug gangs and smugglers.
The guerrillas often use kidnappings, especially of soldiers, police officers and workers of companies that they see as their objective, as is the case with the oil companies, for financing and to show their power in this area.