Colombia's rebels say to free more hostages
Colombia's FARC rebels plan to free six hostages from jungle camps over the next few days as a gesture towards a deal on exchanging their captives for jailed fighters, local media said on Sunday, citing a FARC statement, Reuters reported.
The FARC statement said two politicians and four security officers held for years would be handed over to a left-wing Colombian senator who has helped broker releases in the past, local RCN television news reported.
The news came after a kidnapped lawmaker escaped in October with one of his rebel captors in another blow to Latin America's oldest insurgency, already severely weakened by President Alvaro Uribe's U.S.-backed military campaign against it.
In July, French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and three Americans held hostage were freed in a surprise military operation. But the FARC is still holding at least 28 other politicians, soldiers and police for political leverage.