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Colombia rebels say plan to free Canadian captive

July 29, 2013

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s No. 2 leftist rebel band is welcoming a Canadian company’s decision to pull out of a gold exploration project. The insurgents say it’s a good-faith gesture and indicated they plan to release a company executive kidnapped in January.

The National Liberation Army posted the statement on its website Monday. Braeval Mining Corp announced last week that it was canceling options to purchase the Snow Mine property in Sur de Bolivar state.

The group had demanded Braeval quit the project, claiming the land had been stolen from its legitimate owners. The rebels did not say when they might release Gernot Wober, Braeval’s 47-year-old vice president of exploration.

Braeval spokesman Chris Eby said the company’s only business in Colombia now involves trying to secure Wober’s release. He would not discuss details.

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