Three American women were kidnapped in the West Bank city of Nablus and released later in the evening, Palestinian security officials said.
A man identifying himself as Hadi Saud said he was the kidnapper. He demanded to be given a job in the Palestinian security forces and medication for a shooting injury. He provided no proof that he had kidnapped the women.
The three arrived unharmed at the office of the governor of Nablus. Two were identified as Janet Miller and Gillian Rose, both 26. The third gave only her first name, Susan. She is 27.