Colombia: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announces to release all hostages and abandon kidnapping
Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC announced Sunday to release all ten captive members of the security forces and will abandon kidnapping civilians for extortion purposes.
The announcement was made in a statement published on the website of Anncol, a leftist news organization with alleged ties to the rebel group.
The FARC announced “our decision to add the remaining four to the announced decision to release six prisoners of war” and that “from today on we ban the practice” of “the retention of people … in order to finance our struggle.”
The guerrilla group announced to continue its armed war with the Colombian state, but to “resort to other forms of funding and political pressure.”