Five employees of an oil company were kidnapped Wednesday in the central province of Meta, Colombian authorities said, blaming the action on leftist FARC guerrillas.

The workers were grabbed as they traveled down a secondary road linking the towns of San Juan de Arama and Vista Hermosa, military sources said.

The road, known as Trocha 32, runs through what is considered FARC territory.

Authorities said members of the 27th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, apparently set up a fake police checkpoint on Trocha 32 and bundled the kidnapped oil workers into two pickup trucks.

Police and the army initiated a search for the captives.

The FARC, which has been engaged in peace talks with the Colombian government since November 2012, officially renounced kidnapping for ransom as a tactic. EFE