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Colombia: Missing Americans Are Hostages

Three Americans who vanished after their U.S. plane crashed during an intelligence-gathering mission last week are believed held by a Colombian rebel faction known for daring kidnapping operations, officials said. Colombian troops made no progress Tuesday in their search for the missing Americans, whose plane crashed in guerrilla territory on Thursday, officials said. The Teofilo Forero unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are apparently holding the Americans, Colombian military officials said. The Teofilo Forero unit is believed to be under the direct orders of the FARC’s top military commander, German Briceno, and has conducted several daring operations. In April, they kidnapped legislators in Colombian city of Cali while posing as government bomb-squad members. On Feb. 20, 2002, they hijacked a domestic airliner, forced it to land on a rural road and kidnapped a Colombian senator who was aboard. Full Story

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