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Colombia rebels free Canadian held since January

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's No. 2 rebel group on Tuesday freed a Canadian mining executive who had spent seven months in captivity and whose company cancelled a gold mining project.

The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a communique announcing that Gernot Wober was freed in the same northern state where he was seized on Jan. 18.

The National Liberation Army had demanded that Wober's employer drop plans to explore for gold at the Snow Mine property in Sur de Bolivar state and Braeval Mining Corp. announced in July that it was pulling out.

The group said the land had been stolen from its legitimate owners.

Wober, 47, is the company's vice president of exploration.