Colombia    REBELS FREE 33 CAPTIVE CHURCHGOERS
Marxist guerrillas on Tuesday freed 33 people abducted from a church in southwest Colombia, ending a 17-day ordeal that began during a Roman Catholic Mass. At least 45 other captives remained in rebel hands.
    The freed hostages, some apparently in poor health, were released in a carefully orchestrated handover in this mountain village in southwest Colombia, near the city of Cali where they were seized.
    Cuban-inspired National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels, all masked and carrying automatic assault rifles, watched in silence as their captives were handed over to a team of local and international monitors, including ex-German security minister Berd Schmidbauer, an aide to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
   
    Reuters 1:04pm 17/6/99
 
         
 
 
  
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