Colombian rebels release another hostage

Feb. 3, 2009 at 10:02 PM

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Leftist rebels in Colombia Tuesday freed a former provincial governor they had held for more than seven years, the Red Cross said.

Alan Jara was hugged by his wife and son after disembarking from a helicopter in Villavicencio, east of Bogota, the BBC reported. His release came two days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, freed four other hostages at a jungle location.

Another hostage, former provincial legislator Sigifredo Lopez, is expected to be released yet this week, the Voice of America reported.

FARC guerrillas have been fighting the government since the 1960s and are believed to hold hundreds of other hostages.

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