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Colombian Rebels Free One Hostage


Colombia's second-largest rebel group has released a soldier it kidnapped last month, turning him over to the Red Cross on Thursday.

Red Cross officials say the hostage, identified by El Tiempo newspaper as Anderson Mauricio Zapata, is in good health.

The Associated Press quotes the rebel group known as ELN as saying that the release is meant to contribute to peace talks with the government.

In recent months, ELN delegates have held peace talks with the Colombian government, after decades of civil war pitting at least two rebel groups against the national army.

The country's largest rebel group, known as the FARC, has refused to participate in peace talks.

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