Colombian rebels, who on Monday kidnapped dozens of workers of one of the world’s biggest coal mines, were forced to release them when troops backed by warplanes converged on the scene, authorities said. Rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, stopped two buses carrying 44 workers to the El Cerrejon mine in northern Colombia, put them all into one bus and tried to escape, said police Col. Carlos Velasquez. Government troops were alerted, and the rebels — estimated to number 10 — abandoned their hostages and fled toward the nearby Perija Mountains. El Cerrejon mine, said to be the world’s largest operating open-faced coal mine, is owned by the CZN consortium, made up of Glencore International AG, of Switzerland; Anglo American PLC, of South Africa; and BHP Billiton Ltd, of Australia. Full Story
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