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Colombian rebels free captive soldier: Red Cross

Last Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 09:06

Villavicencio: The International Red Cross says Colombian rebels have freed a soldier they captured almost a year ago.

Red Cross spokesman Adolfo Beteta says Josue Daniel Calvo is in the hands of the humanitarian group. The 23-year-old private had spent nearly a year in captivity of leftist rebels.

A Brazilian helicopter emblazoned with the Red Cross logo is being used in Sunday`s rescue operation. The opposition senator leading the mission, Piedad Cordoba, says the FARC will turn over a second soldier early next week.
Sgt Pablo Emilio Moncayo, 32, has been held for 12 years. His father became famous for walking halfway across Colombia to press for his son`s release.

PTI

First Published: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 09:06
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