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Last Updated:  Thursday, 10 April, 2003, 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK
Abducted German aid worker 'freed'
Separatist rebels in northeastern India are said to have released a German aid worker kidnapped last month.

The aid worker, Heinrich Wolfgang Grey, was abducted by rebels in Manipur state.

He had been working on community projects for a German non-governmental organisation.

But it is not yet clear whether the rebels were paid any money to release him.

The NGO for which Mr Grey was working had said they could not pay any ransom money.

Mr Grey was abducted by rebels of the Kuki Liberation Army from a village near the Manipur capital, Imphal.

He was travelling to inspect German-funded development work carried out by the United NGO Mission of Manipur when he was abducted.

Search

Police said the Kuki rebels took Mr Grey to a hideout in the state's heavily wooded mountains.

Police and paramilitary troopers launched a massive search for the German.

This is the second time in the last two years that the rebels have kidnapped a foreign national.

Two years ago, two Japanese agricultural experts were kidnapped but later released.

However, the action led to the Japanese pulling out from all projects in the region.

The Kukis have been fighting for more political autonomy in Manipur for more than 30 years.

More than a dozen rebel groups are active in the state.

Rebels accuse the government of neglecting the local economy and welfare of the people.


SEE ALSO:
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Indian rebels admit kidnapping
26 Mar 02  |  South Asia


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