Print Edition - 2017-06-25  |  World News Digest

Colombia rebels free 2 kidnapped Dutch reporters

- Agencies, BOGOTA

Jun 25, 2017-

Rebels with Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) group have freed two Dutch journalists snatched days ago in the country’s northeast, officials said on Saturday. Colombia’s ombudsman office, which handles human rights issues, wrote on Twitter that the rebel group freed reporter Derk Johannes Bolt, 62, and his cameraman Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, 58, in a rural area of Norte de Santander state. The office posted an accompanying photo purporting to show the pair, pictured with some of the rebels, along with Colombian human rights officials. The news came after rebels issued what turned out to be an erroneous announcement earlier Friday stating that the two men, who were kidnapped on June 19, had been released. 

Published: 25-06-2017 10:35

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