Leftist Rebels Free Two Hostages in Colombia

By Dialogo
February 18, 2011

Leftist rebels on 16 February released two hostages they had promised to free, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

“The ICRC confirms the release of major (Guillermo) Solorzano and corporal (Salin) Sanmiguel,” a spokeswoman for the international humanitarian group said at the airport in Cali, 500 kilometers southwest of the capital, where they arrived moments after her statement was made.

The men were expected to have been freed on 12 February. However false release coordinates were received by the mission picking them up, according to the government, and the operation was pushed back.