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Hostages freed in army raid on FARC hideout

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Hostages freed in army raid on FARC hideout


Two more hostages have been freed in Colombia, but this time through military intervention rather than negotiation. The pair, a businessmen and a judge, were captured by FARC rebels in the north of the country on Friday.

Army chiefs say troops acted quickly to locate the kidnappers before they could take their victims deeper into the jungle. One guerrilla was killed in a gun battle with soldiers.

President Alvaro Uribe has turned to France, Spain and Switzerland again in a new mediation bid to win the release of others being held be FARC.

Previous negotiations led by the three nations were suspended late last year. Earlier this month Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez succeeded in brokering the release of two high-profile captives.

That has given renewed hope to the families of the 43 remaining hostages, including French Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.

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