Police in Colombia say the number of people kidnapped has fallen 92% since 2000.
The head of the counter-kidnapping police force, Fernando Murillo, said 188 people had been abducted in 2016.
Colombia was for years the world’s kidnapping hotspot with human rights groups estimating that almost 33,000 people have been seized since 1970.
A peace deal with Colombia’s main rebel group and improved security have led to the “historic shift”, police said.
Gen Murillo said that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) had not kidnapped a single person in 2016.
The Farc signed a peace deal with the government in November ending 52 years of armed conflict.
‘Miraculous fishing expeditions’
The rebel group had been notorious for kidnapping soldiers and police officers and holding them hostage for long stretches of time, sometimes tied to trees in their jungle camps.
The Farc also carried out large-scale kidnappings of civilians for ransom, dubbed “miraculous fishing expeditions”, stopping …
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