Colombian officer escapes 8 years of captivity

A police officer escaped from Colombian rebels after more than eight years of captivity and was found deep inside the Amazon jungle on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear how Jhon Pinchao Blanco fled his captors near the southeastern town of Mitu, where he had been taken hostage during an attack by the leftist rebels, police spokesman Sgt. Alberto Cantillo said. He added more details would be released Thursday. "I give thanks to God for this miracle, after having lost so much hope," Blanco's wife, Margoth Zambrano, told RCN TV. The officer was among about 60 politicians, soldiers and police - including three American defense contractors - held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Latin America's oldest and best-armed guerrilla movement.