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Abducted American girl, 3, freed

August 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Police freed a 3-year-old U.S. girl kidnapped in Guatemala in a raid on the home where she was being held, killing three men and two women in a gun battle, authorities said.

The girl was not harmed in the shootout, which police said occurred after they traced her abductors to the house on the outskirts of Guatemala City.

The U.S. Embassy could not immediately confirm the girl's name or hometown. She was kidnapped Wednesday while she was being taken to child care, said Jorge Luis Donaldo, the country's organized crime prosecutor.

The girl's mother was the victim of a shooting attack in June and was arrested at the time on charges of selling property she did not own.

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