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Escaped Hostage Was With 3 Americans (in Columbia)
Escaped Hostage Was With 3 Americans

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 17, 2007
Filed at 12:02 a.m. ET

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A police officer who fled to freedom after eight years as a hostage of leftist rebels said Wednesday that he was held until late last month with a former presidential candidate and three American military contractors.

Jhon Frank Pinchao told reporters last saw the three Americans -- Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howes and Keith Stansell -- and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt on April 28, the day of his escape from a jungle camp.

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Pinchao said he fled his captors, guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, near the southeastern town of Mitu, where he had been taken hostage during a rebel attack.

He said he had to walk, swim and crawl for 17 days through Colombia's remote Amazon jungle before running into an anti-narcotics police patrol on Wednesday.

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The three Americans were captured in February 2003 by FARC when their plane went down during a surveillance missing in southern Colombia.

Betancourt, a congresswoman who campaigned against corruption, was kidnapped on Feb. 23, 2002 while campaigning for president in the south. A dual French-Colombian citizen, she has become a cause celebre in Europe.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Colombia-Hosta...
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