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Six tiger reserve helpers kidnapped

Heavily armed men have kidnapped six volunteers from WWF-India who were counting the tiger population at a reserve in India's remote north-east, an official from the conservation group said yesterday.

The three men and three women, all Indian nationals, were abducted on Sunday at the Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam state, said Anupam Sharma, a WWF-India official. He said no one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The area near the tiger reserve is a stronghold of the anti-government group, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland.