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FARC frees last foreigner

March 19, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A partially paralyzed 69-year-old Swede was recovering in a hospital after leftist rebels released him from nearly two years of captivity, the man's son said.

Erik Roland Larsson was the last known foreign hostage held in Colombia by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Larsson was handed over to detectives Tuesday in a rugged region of the northern state of Cordoba, said Felipe Munoz, head of the DAS state security agency.

Video provided by DAS to local media showed Larsson, apparently unable to walk, being lifted by police and soldiers from a canoe on the shore of a river in desolate, high terrain and placed on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

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