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Kidnapped Skanska workers freed in Peru

The Peruvian government has rescued 36 construction workers kidnapped by rebels last Monday in Kepashiato, a town near the city of Cusco.

The workers were building a new plant for gas from the huge Camisea field. They werre abducted from their hotel by a rebel group known as Shining Path. The workers were freed after 1,500 government troops surrounded the rebels. One soldier was killed during the resuce oepration.

Skanska, which is understood to employ around two dozen of those kidnapped, said it was “sincerely grateful” to confirm that its employees have been released. All are at good health.

“It is hard to express the relief and comfort I feel over the fact that our colleagues now can reunite with their families and return home”, said Skanska chief executive Johan Karlström.

“It is with the deepest gratitude that we would like thank our client Transportadora de Gas del Perú, the Peruvian Government and the authorities, and Construcciones Modulares for their invaluable cooperation,” said Karlström.

“We would also like to express our most sincere condolences for the deceased Peruvian Army Captain Nancy Flores Paucar and hope for the prompt recovery of those injured as a consequence of violence carried out the past week,” he said.

The government said it had not paid any ransom for the hostages’ release. The rebels had reportedly demanded a one-off payment of $10M (£6.3M).

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