Abducted engineer rescued in Colombia

April 7th, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, April 7 (IANS) A Colombian engineer, who was abducted March 11 and kept chained in an empty swimming pool, was rescued by the police, Spain’s EFE news agency reported. The police said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had abducted him, demanding a ransom of one billion pesos (around $550,000) for his release.

Pablo Heli Ariza was found in El Placer near Bogota and was in good health.

Three suspects in the case, two women and a man, have been arrested.

The FARC, which emerged in 1964, is Colombia’s largest leftist insurgency group and was founded in 1964.

Currently, the group is holding 35 high-profile hostages, including former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three US contractors.

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