Maoists release kidnapped Indian official

RAIPUR, India — Maoist rebels in central India released a government official Thursday after holding him hostage for nearly two weeks in the latest of a series of kidnappings by the guerrillas, police said.

“Alex Paul Menon has been released by the Maoists,” the regional head of anti-Maoist operations in the state of Chhattisgarh, Ramniwas, who goes by one name, told AFP.

The guerrillas kidnapped Menon last week, shooting his bodyguards dead as he toured a village in Sukma district in the impoverished state.

The 32-year-old is the most senior civil servant in the area in his role as Sukma’s district collector.

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