Army frees FARC hostage

2008-10-26 17:59

Bogota - Former Colombian lawmaker Oscar Tulio Lizcano was rescued by Colombia's army on Sunday, after being held in captivity for more than six years by leftist FARC rebels, a government official said.

"The army and the police, in a joint intelligence operation, succeeded in rescuing Doctor Lizcano at 08:15 in the morning (13:15 GMT)" said Henry Murillo, a top official in the western state Caldas.

The rescue comes nearly four months after the army freed Colombia's best-known captive, former Colombian lawmaker Ingrid Betancourt, who also had been held for six years by the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Latin America's oldest and most powerful insurgency, the FARC has been trying to topple the Bogota government since the 1960s.