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4 Chinese oil workers freed by Colombian rebels

November 23, 2012 • Business


This photo released by China’s embassy in Colombia shows China’s ambassador to Colombia Wang Xiaoyuan, second from right, shaking hands with an unidentified Chinese former hostage after he was freed along with three others in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Four Chinese oil workers have been freed in the same southern jungles where the country’s largest rebel group kidnapped them 17 months ago, police said Thursday. The four Chinese nationals, three contractors and a translator, were the only foreigners known to still be held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. (AP Photo/Chinese Embassy in Colombia)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Four Chinese oil workers have been freed in the same southern jungles where the country’s largest rebel group kidnapped them 17 months ago, police said Thursday. China’s ambassador said that no ransom was ever sought for the men.

The four Chinese nationals, three contractors and a translator, were the only foreigners known to still be held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Their release around midnight Wednesday to the International Red Cross comes three days after the FARC and Colombia’s government began Login to read more

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