The fighters were killed when the Colombian air force bombed what it suspected to be an ELN camp. Another ELN guerrilla, aged 15, was wounded in the attack and given medical attention after he was discovered by police.
The fighters were killed in Antioquia, Colombia’s second largest department by population and located in center of the country.
The ELN is Colombia’s second biggest guerilla organization and was founded on July 4, 1964. It is currently estimated to have 2,000 fighters at its disposal and last week expressed its determination to continue its struggle with the government.
The guerrillas were killed in a joint action between the police and the air force.