Colombia frees two kidnapped tourists

AFP-JIJI

Colombian police Saturday freed two Spanish tourists who were kidnapped by criminals last month.

The hostages were freed after a raid carried out in a rural area of northeastern Colombia in an operation by a specialist anti-kidnapping unit.

The head of the unit, Humberto Guatibonza, said the kidnappers were located after a partial ransom was paid to accomplices in Spain. One of the captives, Maria Concepcion Marlaska Sedano, 43, is a family member of a senior Spanish judge, Fernando Grande-Marlaska.