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Brazilian Indians hold three Amazon dam engineers hostage after talks break down


Indians are holding three engineers at one of the work sites of the massive Belo Monte dam in Brazil's Amazon jungle following the breakdown of talks on the project's environmental impact.

An official of the Norte Energia consortium that is building the dam says the engineers are being held against their will. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the press. She did not provide further details.

According to a  statement by an activist group assisting the Indians living in region, the engineers will be released after the consortium addresses the environmental concerns of indigenous groups.

When completed, the $11 billion, 11,000-megawatt dam will be the world's third largest.