6 WWF Volunteers Abducted From Indian Tiger Reserve

Kidnapping carried out by heavily armed group
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2011 7:05 PM CST
In this June 2, 2004 file photo, a Bengal tiger cools off in a small pond of water at Van Vihar sanctuary in Bhopal, in this June 2, 2004, file photo.   (AP Photo/Prakash Hatvalne, File)

(Newser) – Six volunteers for the World Wildlife Foundation were abducted yesterday as they counted the tiger population at a preserve in northeast India, the AP reports. The kidnapping was carried out by a heavily armed and organized group, but no one has yet claimed responsibility, though the area is home to various groups fighting for independence or secession from India.

The victims are three men and three women, all Indian nationals. While police say they haven't identified the kidnappers, a rep notes that the WWF preserve fell in the area claimed by a group called the National Democratic Front of Bodoland.

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