Leftist guerrillas release Colombian soldier

Colombia's largest guerrilla group, the Marxist FARC, on Saturday released a soldier they held for almost three weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

The release of Josue Alvarez, in southwestern Colombia, was the third hostage released after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels set free two police officers on Friday.

The hostage was delivered to representatives of the ICRC and the local non-governmental group Colombians for Peace. Since 2008, more than 30 hostages have been released to these mediators.

Alvarez was captured after rebels clashed with soldiers on January 30.

The FARC was founded in 1964 and has some 8,000 guerrillas. Colombian and FARC negotiators are currently engaged in peace talks in Havana, though neither side has ordered a cease-fire.