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Colombia: Former minister escapes captors

BOGOTA, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A former Colombian minister held captive for six years has escaped from his captors, El Tiempo newspaper reported Friday.

Fernando Araujo managed to escape from leftist rebels when they were attacked by Colombian troops.

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Fifty-nine other captives are being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

The Colombian government has been battling the FARC -- which uses kidnapping and drugs to fund its fight -- for more than 40 years.

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