Japan WWII soldier who hid in jungle until 1974 dies

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File photo shows Hiroo Onoda, a former Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer, salutes after handing over a military sword on Lubang Island

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A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former commander returned and ordered him to surrender, has died in Tokyo aged 91.

Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign in Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally persuaded in 1974 that peace had broken out, ignoring leaflet drops and successive attempts to convince him the Imperial Army had been defeated. (AFP)

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