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Nepal rebels release abducted police officers.

KATHMANDU, April 30 Kyodo

Maoist rebels on Friday released 41 police officers they abducted during an attack on a police outpost in eastern Nepal earlier this month, government officials said.

The captives were set free in the presence of representatives of the Red Cross as well as international rights organizations.

On April 7, the rebels killed two police officers before abducting 42 others during the attack on the police outpost in Ilam district, about 500 kilometers east of the capital.

One police officer returned from rebel captivity when government soldiers mounted a search for the missing security men a few days later.

The rebels claimed that they treated the abductees in accordance with the Geneva Convention.

This was the second time for the rebels to set free abducted members of security forces in recent weeks.

On April 6, the rebels set free and handed over to representatives of the Red Cross 36 soldiers and police officers abducted by them during a raid in Myagdi district in western Nepal.

The Maoist rebels are fighting to abolish the monarchy and set up a republican state.
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Date:May 3, 2004
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