Emotional scenes were witnessed at the city of Villavicencio, Columbia, when relatives greeted the freed hostages.

The leftist rebels, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), freed the last 10 police and military hostages held for 12 years in the jungle jails.

The release was the result of the mediation brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a group of Colombian negotiators led by former leftist senator Piedad Cordoba.

Farc has been in conflict with the Columbian government for the last fifty years and the group began capturing soldiers in 1996 demanding prisoner exchange.

"Welcome to liberty, soldiers and policemen of Colombia. Freedom has been very delayed but now it is yours, to the delight of the whole country," the BBC quoted President Juan Manuel Santos as saying.

Take a look at the jubilation of the freed hostages: