Colombia’s Farc Rebels Release Hostages Held For 10 Years
The captives were collected from the jungle by a Brazilian military helicopter and flown to safety.
They were taken to the city of Villavicencio, where they were welcomed by their relatives and are undergoing medical checks.
All had been held for more than a decade after being captured in combat by the insurgent group.
Television pictures showed the former hostages waving and punching the air as they got off the helicopter at Villavicencio airport.
The Farc promised to release the six policemen and four soldiers earlier this year in what mediators called a “gesture of peace”.
The rebels are still thought to be holding hundreds of civilians, although they have promised to stop kidnappings for ransom.
The hostage release was co-ordinated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a group of Colombian mediators led by former senator Piedad Cordoba.
President Juan Manuel Santos has made the release of all hostages one condition for opening talks with the Farc to end five decades of conflict.
But he also wants the left-wing group to end all attacks and stop drug trafficking and the recruitment of children.
For many years the rebels tried to use captured members of the security forces as bargaining tools to try to secure the release of jailed guerrillas.
But in February, the Farc announced that it would free the last 10 hostages and promised to end the practice of kidnap for ransom.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) have been fighting for power in Colombia since the 1960s.
But over the past decade they have suffered a series of setbacks, losing several top commanders and much of their strength.
After drug trafficking, kidnapping for ransom has been the group’s main source of income, but the practice has drawn national and international condemnation.