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Leftist FARC rebels in Colombia say they have captured a US soldier and are offering to release him as a “gesture” towards peace.

Kevin Scott Sutay was apparently taken last month in Retorno, in the southern department of Guaviare.

The rebels have requested a humanitarian mission in return for the soldier’s release.

Peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government got underway in the Cuban capital Havana in November. It is the fourth attempt since the 1980s.

The FARC is Colombia’s largest guerrilla group, with an estimated eight thousand fighters.