FARC rebels in Colombia have executed four hostages who had been held for more than a decade. The four men were reportedly shot dead after government forces approached the camp where they were being held.
The men were reportedly initially captured in the late 90s. FARC has a policy of shooting hostages if they believe government forces are approaching their location. Over the past month, the government has been sending additional troops into southern Caqueta province in an attempt to flush out FARC members.
FARC has been weakened by a number of attacks in recent years that have killed key figures. Founder Manuel Marulanda, military leader Mono Jojoy and longtime leader Alfonso Cano have all been killed, but new leader Timoleon Jimenez – or “Timochenko” – has vowed that the group will continue its campaign.