According to military sources, leader of José David Suárez' Front of the National Liberation Army (ELN), who goes by the alias "Carro Loco", has died after a military combat in a rural Aguazul – a municipality of the department of Casanare, Colombia.
The leader has died just one day ahead of a bilateral ceasefire between the government and the group is expected to take place.
The incident took place during a joint operation between the air force, the police and the attorney general in the Aguazul village of Retiro Milagro, the army said in a statement.
"Carro Loco" was wounded during the military operation and was taken to a military hospital in Yopal, in the Casanare region where he succumbed to his injuries.
Two rifles were recovered along with other weapons and ammunition.
The report detailed that "Carro Loco" had been in the ELN for more than 20 years and was, up to the time of his death, in charge of the operations of the group in Casanare.
According to military intelligence, the deceased ELN leader was allegedly linked to the killing of 11 military personnel and one kidnapping in rural Chitaga, Norte de Santander in May 2013.
The Colombian government and the ELN – the country's last active guerrilla group – are expected to begin a 101-day ceasefire on Sunday, marking a monumental moment in the peace talks between the Colombian government and guerrilla groups that started in February in Quito, Ecuador.