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Colombian Bishop Freed by Rebels

July 27, 2004

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ Marxist guerrillas freed a Roman Catholic bishop Tuesday, three days after he was abducted, church officials said.

Misael Vacca Ramirez, the bishop of Yopal, was released close to where he was taken in remote mountains near the town of Morcote, about 120 miles northeast of the capital, Bogota, Luis Augusto Castro, the Archbishop of Tunja, told The Associated Press.

President Alvaro Uribe on Monday had ordered army troops on a mission to return the bishop to safety.

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