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Colombian hostage flees with jailer

Colombian hostage flees with jailer

A Colombian lawmaker says he escaped eight years of leftist rebel captivity along with one of his jailers.
Authorities initially said the 62-year-old politician, Oscar Tulio Lizcano, had been rescued by Colombia's military.
Lizcano says he and the rebel fled three days ago from a FARC guerrilla camp in western jungles. Both he and Colombia's defense minister, Juan Manuel Santos, say Colombian soldiers found the two men on Sunday.
Santos said another rebel from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had deserted earlier this month, disclosing Lizcano's whereabouts to authorities.
Lizcano is the first FARC hostage to gain freedom since the July 2 rescue of Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors.


Updated : 2021-05-17 17:06 GMT+08:00