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Colombia's FARC release kidnapped US backpacker

Colombia's FARC rebels have freed a former US marine who was kidnapped in June while he trekked through the jungle in a known guerrilla area, the Red Cross has said.

The FARC held Kevin Scott Sutay for four months Credit: REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

Kevin Scott Sutay, an Afghanistan war veteran, had been backpacking through several Central and South American countries before he was captured.

He had been warned by police to abandon his plans to hike through what they called a "red zone" for rebel activity.