Colombian Rebels Release US Hostage

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_b3d1baf351.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A former Marine who was kidnapped by Colombian rebels and held in captivity in the jungle for four months has been released, Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed in a statement Sunday. The U.S. says Kevin Scott Sutay was a tourist hiking through Colombia towards Brazil when he was kidnapped in June. Kerry said in a statement the U.S. is “profoundly grateful to the Government of Colombia and commends its tireless efforts to secure his release.”

The rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had promised to end kidnappings as a condition for peace talks with the government of Colombia. The talks in Cuba are being sponsored by Cuba and Norway.

Sutay was reportedly released to representatives of the International Red Cross. Kerry’s statement expresses appreciation for “the contributions of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Governments of Norway and Cuba in securing Mr. Sutay’s freedom.”

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