March 28th, 2010
02:58 PM ET

Colombian soldier freed by rebels

A Colombian soldier who was held by Colombian rebels for more than 11 months was released Sunday.

Josue Daniel Calvo was reunited with his family on a tarmac in the city of Villavicencio, where the helicopter that retrieved him touched down.

The young soldier was released to a humanitarian mission led by Colombian Sen. Piedad Cordoba.

Calvo became dizzy and sick on the helicopter ride, but was in better health than they expected, Cordoba said at a news conference.

The soldier walked from the helicopter with his family, with the aid of a walking stick.

Calvo was very happy to be back with his family, Cordoba said.

Cordoba said she hopes that the FARC will release another hostage, Sgt. Pablo Emilio Moncayo, on Tuesday.

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  1. Jasmine

    Thank God! really!

    March 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. President Hussein

    Now we just need the leftist rebels to release the 300 million hostages held captive in this country.

    March 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |