Colombian rebels free soldier held for 12 years

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March 31, 2010 03:17

 
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A Colombian soldier held hostage for more than 12 years was freed by rebels Tuesday and reunited with his family, ending an ordeal that prompted his father to hike halfway across the country wearing a symbolic chain around his neck to press for his son's release.

Sgt. Pablo Emilio Moncayo was one of the longest-held hostages of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC. He was 19 when taken captive during an attack on a mountain outpost on Dec. 21, 1997.

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