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Security forces rescue hostage from FARC rebels

Government sources say Colombian troops have rescued former lawmaker Oscar Lizcano, who had been held by FARC rebels for more than eight years.

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Colombia's army Sunday rescued former lawmaker Oscar Lizcano, who had been held for more than eight years by Marxist FARC rebels, a government official said.

"The army and the police, in a joint intelligence operation, succeeded in rescuing Doctor Lizcano at 8:15 in the morning (13H15 GMT)" Henry Murillo, a top official from the western region of Caldas, told Radio Caracol.

Murillo said the rescue operation was mounted near the town of San Jose del Palmar, in the Pacific department of Choco, which borders Panama.

The rescue comes nearly four months after the army freed Colombia's best-known captive, former Colombian lawmaker Ingrid Betancourt, who 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.

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