Indian Maoist rebels free Italian tour guide

April 12, 2012 11:28

NEW DELHI - Indian Maoist rebels freed an Italian tour guide on Thursday, almost a month after kidnapping him in a remote part of the state of Orissa in what was believed to be the first seizure of a foreigner by the leftist guerrillas.

Also known as Naxals, the rebels have fought for decades in a swathe of central and eastern India, including many resource-rich regions, where tension runs high between poor farmers and industrial developers.

Television footage showed Paolo Bosusco, in a pink T-shirt and beige trousers torn at the knees, carrying a black rucksack on his shoulders as he walked through villages. He later arrived in the state capital, Bhubaneshwar.

"I am finally free," Bosusco said by telephone to Italian state-owned RAI television. "I am strong, it's all finished and everything is OK."

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