Peruvian set free by kidnappers

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Kidnappers on Sunday freed a Peruvian news photographer held since Jan. 1, according to officials from the Palestinian Fatah movement.

The photographer, Jaime Razuri, 50, worked for the French news agency AFP. He was abducted at gunpoint from a part of central Gaza City where many foreign journalists have offices. There was no immediate word on who the kidnappers were.

Razuri was taken to the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Abbas aide Tayeb Abdel Rahim. Abbas was in the West Bank at the time. Fatah officials said Fatah and Popular Resistance Committees, a small militant Gaza group, mediated in his release.

The kidnapping was the latest in a series of abductions of foreigners by shadowy groups in Gaza, targeting journalists and aid workers. Unlike Razuri, most of the victims were leased unharmed after a few hours.

The kidnapping of the photographer drew denunciations from Palestinian officials, foreign correspondents and local Palestinian journalists.

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