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Colombian Rebels Free 29 Police Officers


Colombian rebels have released all 29 police officers taken hostage during a recent attack on the remote western village of San Marino.

Officials in Bogota say army troops found the officers walking in the jungle in Choco state Tuesday. They were taken hostage last Saturday in a raid by rebels that left eight other police officers dead.

One of the released officers said his captors included rebels from Colombia's two main guerrilla groups - the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, and the smaller National Liberation Army, or ELN.

Meanwhile, in Havana, exploratory peace talks between Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's government and the ELN rebels are nearing completion. Officials say details on an agenda for formal talks should be available Wednesday.

The ELN and the FARC have been battling to topple the government in 41 years of civil war. The conflict leaves thousands dead each year.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.