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| 3/24/2010 12:00:00 AM

Colombia soldiers rescue 5 kidnapped oil workers

March 24--The subcontractor employees of Westwood-based Occidental Petroleum had been taken last week near the border with Venezuela.

Colombian armed forces on Tuesday rescued five subcontractor employees of Westwood-based Occidental Petroleum who were kidnapped near the Venezuelan border last week by suspected leftist guerrillas.

The kidnappings, which occurred Friday near an Oxy facility in Arauca state as the employees ate lunch at a roadside restaurant, comes as the Colombian government is trying to drum up investor interest in oil exploration here, touting the general improvement in security of recent years.

Gonzalo Valderrama, spokesman for Arauca Gov. Luis Ataya, said before a news conference by Colombian army officials that details of the rescue were still sketchy.
 
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