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FARC frees four hostages in a "humanitarian" move

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FARC frees four hostages in a "humanitarian" move


Four members of Colombia’s security forces, held hostage by FARC rebels since 2007, have been re-united with their loved ones.

The soldier and three police officers are the first to be released by the revolutionary group in more than a year in what is being described as a humanitarian gesture. The men were among 28 “political hostages” held by FARC to be used to secure the release of some of their own jailed members. The group were picked up at a pre-arranged spot by a delegation of the International Red Cross The handover is part of a deal that is also expected to lead to the liberation of two high-profile local politicians by Wednesday. The FARC, who have been fighting the government since the 1960s, are reputed to hold hundreds of hostages. However, they are now under real pressure as government forces drive them further into mountain and jungle areas.

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