Ecuador journalists ‘have been killed’
3 Three Ecuadorian journalists who were abducted by dissident Colombian rebels have been murdered, Ecuador’s president announced.
Lenín Moreno offered $100,000 for information that leads to the capture of a guerrilla leader known as “Guacho”, who is believed to be responsible for the abduction and murder.
Moreno said Ecuador was “grieving”, having previously given the captors 12 hours to prove the hostages were alive before facing a military response. “We’re not going to let ourselves be intimidated,” he said. He appeared to make good on his threat, ordering the resumption of military operations.
Reporter Javier Ortega, photographer Paul Rivas and driver Efraín Segarra, who worked for Ecuadorian daily El Comercio, were kidnapped on 26 March by a faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, the leftist rebel group which laid down its weapons and became a political party after a 2016 peace deal.