Colombia kidnappings down 92% since 2000

Kidnapping has been used as both a tactic of war and a money-making enterprise in Colombia's messy, multi-sided conflict, which has drawn in government forces, leftist guerrilla groups, right-wing paramilitaries and drug gangsKidnappings in Colombia have fallen 92 percent since 2000, a “historic” change, the authorities said Tuesday as the government and FARC rebels implement a peace deal meant to end a half-century conflict. Long considered one of the world’s kidnapping capitals, Colombia registered 188 abductions this year, police general Fernando Murillo said. Kidnapping has been used as both a tactic of war and a money-making enterprise in Colombia’s messy, multi-sided conflict, which has drawn in government forces, leftist guerrilla groups, right-wing paramilitaries and drug gangs.

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