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In pictures: Betancourt freed

Ingrid Betancourt (C) is reunited with her children Melanie (L) and Lorenzo Delloye in Bogota

The French-Colombian politician, Ingrid Betancourt, has been reunited with her children - a day after being rescued from more than six years of captivity in Colombia.

Lorenzo kisses his mother, Ingrid Betancourt

After the emotional reunion, Ms Betancourt vowed to work tirelessly for the freedom of the estimated 700 hostages still being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

Ingrid Betancourt steps to freedom at an air base in Bogota on 2 July 2008

Ms Betancourt was among 15 hostages rescued by undercover Colombian government troops from a remote area of the country. She described the mission as a "perfect operation".

Ingrid Betancourt (C bottom) prays next to her mother Yolanda Pulecio and 11 other hostages during a press conference after their arrival at the Catam air base in Bogota.

There was a huge sigh of relief as the hostages arrived in the capital, Bogota, on Wednesday.

Ingrid Betancourt embraces other freed hostages after arriving at a military base in Bogota

Arm-in-arm with fellow sufferers, she thanked the Colombian military for the operation.

Media at Catam airport in Bogota on 2 July 2008

The world's media had descended on Catam air base in Bogota to catch the first glimpse of the woman who was Farc's highest-profile hostage.

Ingrid Betancourt and her mother Yolanda Pulecio, Catam air base, Bogota 2 July 2008

Ms Betancourt was reunited on the tarmac with her mother, Yolanda Pulecio...

Ingrid Betancourt and husband Juan Carlos Lecompte, Catam air base, Bogota 2 July 2008

...and with her husband Juan Carlos Lecompte.

US hostages Keith Stansell (L), Marc Gonsalves (C), and Thomas Howes

Three US government contractors, who were held captive alongside Ms Betancourt, have returned to Texas where they are undergoing medical checks before being reunited with their loved-ones.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (L) congratulates Colombia's Armed Forces Commander Freddy Padilla de Leon (R) on 2 July 2008

The daring rescue was a huge coup for Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (L), who has waged a bitter fight against the leftist insurgents.

Ms Betancourt and President Uribe at presidential palace

Ms Betancourt and other hostages later recounted their dramatic rescue to President Uribe at the presidential palace in Bogota.

A motorist in Bogota waves a Colombian flag on 2 July 2008

News of the rescue triggered street celebrations in Bogota as thousands of cars blared horns, Colombian flags were waved and people cheered.




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