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Colombian rebels to free hostages in early April

March 24, 2012
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BOGOTA, Colombia—A former Colombian senator says the country's largest rebel group plans to release its last 10 police and military prisoners in early April.

The 10 captives have been held by the rebels for more than a decade.

Ex-Sen. Piedad Cordoba says guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia informed her on Saturday that they are willing to release the prisoners in two groups on April 2 and April 4.

She said previously that she expected the captives to be let go a few days earlier, starting on March 30.

Brazil's air force will provide helicopters to ferry out the soldiers and police.

The rebel group announced in February that it planned to free the 10.

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