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Originally published Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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American hostages, Betancourt freed from rebels, Colombia says

Colombia says its military has rescued former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three U.S. military contractors and 11 other hostages...

The Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia says its military has rescued former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three U.S. military contractors and 11 other hostages from leftist rebels.

Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos says no one was hurt in Wednesday's operation in eastern Colombia.

He said army commandos captured rebels manning a security ring around the hostages and got them to persuade their comrades to turn over the captives, without any loss of life.

Santos says the other 11 hostages freed were Colombian soldiers and police.

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