Four hostages were shot and killed by Colombia’s main leftist rebel group, according to the country’s defense minister, Juan Carlos Pinzon, Saturday, according to CNN.
According to the minister, three of the men were shot in the head while one man was shot in the back.
One of the men had been held for 14 years, as reported by Caracol TV.
According to CNN, the bodies of the four men, all of whom were members of security force, were found in the morning.
The men were killed in the southern region of Caqueta, where the military was conducting operations against the rebel group, according to CNN.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as FARC, have been at war with the Colombian Government since the 1960’s.
This battle through the years has become weakened however resulted in the guerilla groups continuing to kidnap and kill security forces in the South American Nation, according to CNN.
“We regret that they were killed in such an indefensible manner,” according to Pinzon, who added details about the chains that were found on the bodies as reported by Caracol TV, according to CNN.
This story contains information from CNN and Caracol TV.