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Peru hostages set free

Dozens of people who were kidnapped in the Peruvian mountains have been released less than 36 hours after they were snatched. Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo said all 71 hostages were “healthy and safe” and, the government added, no ransom was paid. Mr Toledo said the kidnappers fled when Peruvian security forces approached, and hundreds of soldiers and police were now searching for them in the remote Andean region. For the first time, the president blamed what he termed the remnants of the Shining Path rebel movement for the kidnapping, which took place near Toccate, about 350 kilometres (220 miles) south-east of the capital Lima. Full Story

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