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Colombian rebels free oil workers in deadly battle

Friday, February 1, 2013


Colombia's FARC rebels on Thursday freed three kidnapped oil contractors, but six guerrillas and five government soldiers were killed across the country as peace talks continued abroad.

The kidnappings and other violence came days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, made clear during peace negotiations in Cuba that it would continue to capture armed forces, possibly hampering the talks

Under pressure from government forces, the FARC released the workers, who were contracted by Canada's Gran Tierra Energy and were working in south Colombia when they were seized on Wednesday, according to military sources.

Source: Reuters