Four Released Chinese Citizens Fly back to China

2012-11-24 12:28:32    xinhua    Web Editor: Wang

Four Chinese hostages recently released in Colombia flied back to China Friday to reunite with their families after 17 months of captivity.

Without any statement to the press, the three Chinese oil company engineers and their translator looked excited before boarding the Air France AF423 flight, which left Bogota around 6:30 pm (1030 GMT).

The Chinese citizens were abducted on June 8, 2011 in southern Colombia and turned over Wednesday night to the International Committee of the Red Cross by "unidentified men" in civilian clothes. The Colombian government said the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was behind the kidnapping.

Chinese Ambassador to Colombia Wang Xiaoyuan came to see them off at the airport and told Xinhua that the Chinese government is very pleased with their return.

"We are very happy to see the return of the four Chinese to China. The medical examinations went ok except that one of them needs a wheelchair due to a problem on the leg," Wang said.

The ambassador thanked the Colombian government, El Dorado airport and immigration authorities for facilitating the return.

"We are grateful to the Colombian government, the airport authorities and the institutions that have offered all facilities to our compatriots for their return to China as soon as possible," Wang said.