Farc frees four tourists in Colombia


Left-wing Colombian rebels have freed four local tourists kidnapped in January, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Ana Maria Aldana, Cesar Hoyos, Hernando Martinez and Jose Rodriguez were in good health when turned over in the western province of Choco, near where they were abducted almost two months ago, the Red Cross said.

Two other tourists who were kidnapped along with the four Colombians are still being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, which uses kidnapping as a tactic in its four-decade-old war against the state.

Farc had been in talks aimed at freeing high-profile hostages such as French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt when a top guerrilla leader was killed by Colombian forces in Ecuador over the weekend.