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US couple kidnapped by terrorists in Sri Lanka

Kidnappers of an Ohio couple renewed a threat Sunday to kill the pair unless the Sri Lankan government pays $2 million in gold and releases 20 fellow Tamil separatists from jail, a top official said.

Sri Lanka's national security minister also announced that a US government antiterrorist squad was coming to Sri Lanka to help hunt down the kidnappers.

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The newlywed couple, Stanley and Mary Allen, of Columbus, Ohio, were kidnapped Friday in the city of Jaffna, a Tamil stronghold.

Mr. Allen worked in Jaffna on water projects funded by the US Agency for International Development. The kidnappers accused the couple of spying for the CIA.

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