Sunday, April 1, 2012

FARC to release last government hostages starting Monday

(CNN) -- Colombian rebels are prepared to release 10 hostages on Monday and Wednesday, officials said.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had announced the impending release of the 10 -- the last of the government hostages they hold -- in February, and since then has been negotiating details of the release.
Monday and Wednesday have been designated as the two days for the hostage releases, said Jordi Raich, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation.
The leftist rebels have been at war with the Colombian government since the 1960s. While severely weakened in recent years, the group has continued to carry out kidnappings and attack security forces.
In February, the FARC announced that it was releasing the hostages, and would stop kidnapping civilians for money.
It did not address the fate of its civilian captives, nor did the group renounce kidnapping for political purposes.

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