Dutchman among tourists kidnapped in India

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30 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Residents of a northern India village took 37 tourists hostage on Friday in protest against the kidnapping of three Indians in Iraq. A Dutch national is among the abducted tourists.

30 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — Residents of a northern India village took 37 tourists hostage on Friday in protest against the kidnapping of three Indians in Iraq. A Dutch national is among the abducted tourists.

The Indian kidnappers are demanding the New Delhi government do more to secure the release of the three kidnapped Indians in Iraq, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

The tourists were taken hostage in the village of Santoshgarh in Una district, home of two of the kidnapped Indian truck drivers. Islamic extremists are threatening to behead the three Indians.

Besides the Dutch national, 22 British, three Tibetan, two Polish, two Swiss, two South Korean, a Japanese, a Canadian and three people of unknown nationality are reportedly among those being held captive in India.

The group was travelling in two buses that were forced too stop near Santoshgarh. The 37 tourists were detained by the villagers and taken to a nearby temple. Police are expecting that the protest action will end swiftly.

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