Then There Were Nine

The white United Nations station wagon headed south on the coastal highway from the Lebanese town of Tyre. Suddenly, near the village of Ras el-Ein, a ; brown Volvo blocked the road. Gunmen leaped from the car and dragged out the station wagon's lone passenger: U.S. Marine Lieut. Colonel William Higgins, 43, the leader of a 76-man observer group attached to the U.N. Interim Force. The attackers forced him into the Volvo and sped off. That abduction last week brought to nine the number of American hostages in Lebanon.

Two days later the so-called Organization of the Oppressed on Earth delivered...

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