Colombia’s FARC Release Hostages Held for 12 Years

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Top Story — Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerillas released 10 soldiers and police officers on Monday who they had held captive for  at least 12 years. The release of the hostages is a seen a move by Latin America’s oldest guerrilla movement to start peace talks with the Colombian government. The FARC announced plans to liberate the hostages on Feb. 26 and promised a halt in ransom kidnappings as a revenue source. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos did not immediately respond to the release. The hostages were flown to the eastern Colombian city of Villavicencio from a jungle rendezvous in a loaned Brazilian helicopter emblazoned with the Red Cross logo. They were united with their loved ones in a private area before the group was flown to Bogotá, where other relatives were waiting.

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