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Colombia rebels announce release of 2 police, soldier amid peace talks with government

Colombia's main rebel group says it intends to free two police officers and a soldier it recently captured. Their detentions had cast a pall on peace talks under way in Cuba between the group and the Colombian government.

The police officers were seized Jan. 25 while on an intelligence mission. The rebels said the soldier was captured Tuesday during combat.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, announced the planned releases in an online statement Saturday. It did not set a date for the releases.

As a condition for the talks, the FARC said it was halting kidnapping as a funding source. Last week, it insisted that taking security force members prisoner was justified.

The FARC imposed a unilateral cease-fire for the first two months of the talks but abandoned it after the government refused to join.