October 1, 2014
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - U.S. and Colombian authorities are neither confirming nor denying a claim by Colombia's main rebel band that it seized a recent U.S. military veteran a month ago in the country's south.
The FARC identified the man as Kevin Scott Sutay and offered in a statement on its website to release him as a good-faith gesture during ongoing peace talks in Cuba.
Gen. Enrique Navarrete is in charge of the lowlands Guaviare jungle region where the FARC said it "captured" Sutay on June 20. He says he has no record of the American's arrival there or abduction.
A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said she had no immediate comment on the case.
The FARC said Sutay identified himself as a 2010-11 veteran of the Afghan war who left the U.S. Navy in March.
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