13 Feb 2011

Hostages released by rebels

7:01 am on 13 February 2011

Rebels in Colombia have released two hostages, bringing the number released this week to three.

The prisoners, a politician and a soldier, were handed over to a humanitarian delegation at separate locations in the southern jungle. The BBC reports the delegation included officials from the International Red Cross.

The rebels say they will free two more captives on Sunday.

President Juan Manuel Santos has made the release of all hostages a condition for opening peace talks, along with an end to attacks and the use of land mines.

The rebels are still holding at least 15 police and military personnel. Some have been in captivity for more than a decade.