Four guerrillas died early Thursday morning when the Colombian air force bombarded their camp, attempting to target a senior commander of the FARC rebel group, although he managed to escape, the military said.

The military operation was carried out in a rural part of the southeastern province of Guaviare and the four rebels who died were part of the security force around Carlos Antonio Lozada, Gen. Juan Pablo Amaya said.

A fifth guerrilla with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was wounded and then captured by the military.

"The target was Carlos Antonio Lozada. He did not fall on this occasion, but air, land and river efforts will continue," Amaya said.

Lozada commands the Eastern Bloc of the FARC in the absence of Mauricio Jaramillo, one of the guerrilla delegates to peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana.

Lozada is also one of the seven members of the FARC Secretariat.

The FARC and the Colombian government have been meeting in Havana since November 2012 to negotiate a peace agreement with the aim of putting an end to South America's longest armed conflict. EFE