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Gaza Gunmen Kidnap, Then Free Palestinian Official

Palestinian gunmen kidnapped a top security official they accused of corruption and held him for several hours in the Gaza Strip on Thursday in a fresh challenge to President Yasser Arafat amid a wave of unrest.Brigadier-General Mohammad Al-Batrawi, an Arafat appointee and chief of financial surveillance for his security apparatus, was released unharmed after being abducted by armed men from the Palestinian leader’s own Fatah movement. The kidnappers were led by a disgruntled security man who moonlights as a militant, Palestinian sources said. It was the latest sign of unprecedented turmoil, including a spate of abductions and protests in recent months, linked to demands at home and abroad for sweeping security reforms.Full Story

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