Colombia's FARC rebels free two more hostages

The FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has freed a total of six kidnap victims, including the latest two.

Colombia's FARC rebels free two more hostages

Colombia's FARC rebels on Wednesday freed two more long-held hostages to a Red Cross commission, the latest hand-over in a week in what guerrillas have called a humanitarian gesture.

The FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has freed a total of six kidnap victims, including the latest two.

An International Committee of the Red Cross team flew by helicopter into remote area in southwest Colombia, where the FARC freed police major Guillermo Solorzano and army corporal Salin Antonio Sanmiguel, both captive for more than two years.

"The FARC-EP has freed them in a rural area between Cauca and Valle de Cauca provinces," the Red Cross said in a statement.

Both men appeared in good health when they arrived in a truck at the pick-up point in Cauca province before they were flown to Cali and then back to the capital Bogota.

Solorzano was kidnapped three years and eight months ago by a FARC commando team when he was off duty and Sanmiguel was captured after combat with FARC rebels nearly three years ago.

Rebels are still holding 15 police and soldiers for political leverage. But they freed two politicians and two military officers over the last week in what they said was a gesture to show their willingness to work toward peace.

Reuters

Last Mod: 17 Şubat 2011, 15:59
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