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Rebels Holding Hundreds Hostage in Northeast India

Separatist rebels have abducted about 300 political workers in India’s northeastern state of Nagaland over the past few days to prevent them from participating in assembly polls Wednesday, an official said. A security official said rebels had kidnapped supporters of candidates, mainly from the ruling Congress party, at gunpoint from their homes, offices and during campaigning. The hostages are being held in rebel hideouts in thickly forested mountains. “The rebels are holding about 300 people hostage in different parts of the state to prevent them from voting,” Lalthara, Nagaland’s chief electoral officer, told Reuters on Tuesday. “The hostages are likely to be released after the voting is over.” This is the first time that the guerrillas from the Naga National Council and two factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland have used such tactics before an election. Full Story

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