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Newsline: US Embassy says American kidnapped in Benin

An American citizen has been kidnapped in the normally peaceful and politically stable nation of Benin, according to U.S. officials. A statement published on the website of the U.S. Embassy in the West African country, did not identify the kidnapping victim or say when he or she was abducted. It only said the matter is being investigated and there is no reason to believe that other American nationals or interests are at risk in Benin. A U.S. official familiar with the case said that it appears to be a straight kidnapping. There has been a ransom demand and the victim is believed to be in good health.