Authorities in Colombia are mounting a massive search and rescue operation for an army general who went missing in an area dominated by leftist rebels.
Gen. Rubén Darío Alzate was reported missing Sunday after reportedly taking a speed boat from the western city of Quibdó to survey a nearby energy project.
President Juan Manuel Santos ordered his defense minister to travel to Quibdó to oversee the operation.
It’s unclear how Alzate was taken hostage and by whom. But in a message on Twitter, Santos said he was presumably being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and called for his immediate release.
Santos also pressed the military’s high command to explain why Alzate presumedly violated army protocol and traveled to the hot zone dressed as a civilian.