Colombia's FARC rebels on Tuesday in the northwestern province of Choco released a police officer they had captured four days ago, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported.

The officer, whose identity was not revealed, was captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, last Friday and handed over to a Red Cross mission in a rural part of Choco, which borders Panama.

The ICRC reported that the officer will be transferred by boat to Quibdo, the provincial capital.

The FARC last Sunday released another captive police officer in the rural portion of the southwestern town of Leiva.

The rebels and the Colombian government since November 2012 have been negotiating in Havana to find a political way out of the armed conflict that has beset the South American country for half a century.

The FARC several months before the start of those talks renounced the practice of kidnapping civilians for ransom, but it said nothing about halting the capture of police officers and soldiers.

Since June, the FARC has been holding a former U.S. soldier prisoner.

Kevin Scott fell into the hands of the FARC when he was making a trip through the jungles of southeastern Colombia. EFE