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Colombian Minister Says Military Won't Attempt Risky Hostage Rescue

Colombia’s defense minister said Friday that troops would only try to rescue three Americans being held by rebels if the attempt wouldn’t risk the hostages’ lives. Defense Minister Martha Lucia Ramirez said Colombian troops are trying to locate three Americans apparently captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, after their plane crashed during an intelligence mission Feb. 13 in rebel territory. A fourth American and a Colombian army sergeant were executed at the site of the crash, authorities said. Ramirez told reporters that Colombia was working closely with the United States “to identify the place where these citizens are and hopefully be able to conduct a rescue operation.” She said no attempts would be made to move in on the kidnappers until authorities have determined the risks to be “practically nothing” of hostages being killed in a rescue mission. The FARC has not commented on the alleged kidnapping. Full Story

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