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Militants condemn girl’s abduction

ABUJA — The main militant group in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta has condemned the abduction for ransom of a 3-year-old British girl and said it should not be confused with the political struggle in the region.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, which is fighting for local control of oil revenues by blowing up oil installations and occasionally seizing adult hostages, said it was taking part in the search for the kidnapped toddler.

Margaret Hill, who has a British father and a Nigerian mother, was snatched Thursday morning from a car on her way to school in the oil city of Port Harcourt.


Kidnapped journalist home from Gaza

LOCHGOILHEAD, Scotland — Alan Johnston, the British Broadcasting Corp. journalist who was freed early last week after 114 days in captivity in the Gaza Strip, returned home yesterday to an emotional reunion with his family.

The 45-year-old reporter arrived at his parents’ home in western Scotland in the evening after earlier flying into London’s Heathrow Airport from Tel Aviv.

Mr. Johnston, who was the only Western journalist still based permanently in Gaza, was taken captive by the Palestinian group Army of Islam on March 12.

From wire dispatches and staff reports