"--IANS/EFE"
Bogota, May 31 (IANS/EFE) The kidnappers who grabbed the 10-year-old daughter of a Colombian police commander released the girl hours later, authorities said.

The daughter of Inspector Victor Cantoñi, police chief in Padilla town, was freed Thursday night in the community of Toribio.

Alejandra Cantoñi was picked up by members of the Indigenous Guard taking part in the search along with police and army units, Mayor of Guachene, Francisco Paz, told radio stations.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the release of the minor on his Twitter account and said an investigation is under way to find the perpetrators, though the army and authorities attributed the kidnapping to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

The minor was abducted by armed men Thursday morning at the entrance to Jorge Eliecer Gaitan School in Guachene.

The army blamed the kidnapping on a FARC guerrilla who goes by the alias of Mordisco.

The FARC, concluded Wednesday a unilateral nine-day cease-fire it had declared so as not to disrupt the May 25 presidential election. In 2012, they had supposedly renounced kidnapping for ransom.

--IANS/EFE

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