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How the Colombian hostages were freed

July 3rd, 2008 Posted in Politics & Current Affairs, Security

A well executed plan can be an excellent thing (no shots fired during the op!).

” The rescue operation that freed Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages from captivity was months in the planning. It has been hailed by Colombian authorities as “an unprecedented operation that will go down in history for its audacity and effectiveness”.

Not a shot was fired in the operation, although Gen Padilla said the Colombian soldiers could easily have killed the 60 guerrillas gathered near the jungle clearing. “We preferred to leave them with liberty and life because, in Colombia, we prefer life over death,” he said. ”

(BBC News article)

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