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Ex-Contra Rebels Kidnap Researchers

An American man and a British woman conducting research among Indians in northern Nicaragua were kidnapped by former Contra rebels, officials here said Friday.

An army statement said Gary Allan Hicks, 51, and Sara Howard were kidnapped near Ayal, a village about 200 miles north of Managua.

Both worked for the Humbolt organization, a private international group that helps impoverished Sumus Indians in the area.


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