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Colombian Rebels Promise to Release 2 Hostages


Colombia's largest rebel group says it will release two hostages on Saturday.

In a statement Wednesday, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said it will fulfill a promise to release police officers Luis Almanza Patron and Carlos Alberto Logarda.

The statement said the two men will be handed over to the Red Cross and presidential candidate Alvaro Leyva in Putumayo department, near Colombia's border with Ecuador.

The police officers were captured in a FARC offensive late last year. The rebels also have a group of nearly 60 hostages they want to exchange for hundreds of rebel fighters jailed by Colombian authorities. But the administration of President Alvaro Uribe has shown no willingness to make such a swap.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.