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FARC rebels set kidnapped Colombian soldier free

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FARC rebels set kidnapped Colombian soldier free

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Colombian rebels have released a kidnapped army soldier to a Red Cross mission in the southern jungle.

Josue Daniel Calvo was freed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and flown from the jungle to Villavicencio.

Calvo was limping badly, but looked in better health than other recently released hostages, some of whom had spent years in secret camps where they were chained and suffered from tropical diseases during captivity.

His family had fought a long campaign for his release.

The rebels have also promised to free another soldier, Pablo Emilio Moncayo.

The FARC still holds 23 police and soldiers for political leverage as part of its four-decade-old war on the state.