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Maoists held Briton 'for publicity'

The British army officer held for two days by Nepal’s Maoists says the rebels told him they abducted him to achieve publicity. Lieutenant-Colonel Adrian Griffith, who was released unharmed on Tuesday, quoted the rebels as saying: “We get good publicity in the outside world by kidnapping an important person like you.” His release coincided with an announcement by the Maoists that they were changing their strategy. Rebel leader Prachanda said they would now target US-backed organisations and halt attacks on government infrastructure. Colonel Griffith, chief of staff of British Gurkha headquarters in Kathmandu, said he had been well treated during his “sojourn in the Maoist camp”. Full Story

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