Colombia hostage Betancourt freed


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Apr 21, 2008
French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages have been freed after rebels holding them were tricked into handing them over.
Colombian soldiers - apparently posing as members of a non-government organisation - flew them to freedom in a helicopter.
Ms Betancourt said: "This is a miracle. There is no historical precedent for such a perfect operation."
Ms Betancourt was held by the left-wing Farc rebels for more than six years.
When the head of the operation to free the hostages told them they were free, "the helicopter almost fell from the sky because we all jumped, shouted, cried and embraced," Ms Betancourt said. "We couldn't believe it," she added
Source BBC
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