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Shining Path 'remnants' blamed for Peru kidnap

Soldiers and police in Peru were searching yesterday for leftist rebels who seized and later released 71 workers from a pipeline construction camp high in the Andes. Soldiers found the hostages on Tuesday in the jungle near the village of Palma Pampa, about 250 miles south-east of Lima, after the rebels released them, an army officer said. Alejandro Toledo, the President, said later that troops were closing in on the guerrillas, who had demanded a ransom of $1m (£600,000). “We have rescued [the hostages] alive, safe and sound … without making any payment,” he said. How the hostages were freed was not clear. Full Story

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