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2 charged in kidnapping kin of terror suspect

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two men have been charged with extortion for allegedly kidnapping a man and demanding a $1 million ransom from a relative of one of the men in the "Lackawanna Six" terror case.

Authorities said Brett Bigelow, 29, of Boston, N.Y., and Timothy Fisher, 26, of Angola, kidnapped a man Thursday and demanded a $1 million ransom from a close relative of Yasein Taher — one of six Yemeni-American men from Lackawanna convicted of providing material support to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.

The Buffalo News quoted the unidentified victim as saying his captors asked him about the whereabouts of a seventh Lackawanna man: Jaber Elbaneh, a suspected terrorist who is the target of an international manhunt and a $5 million reward. The victim said he was bound with duct tape, given electrical shock and threatened with a gun.

Taher's relative called police after receiving the ransom demand, authorities said. FBI agents arrested Bigelow and Fisher on Friday after Bigelow went to pick up the ransom money, U.S. Attorney Michael Battle said. The victim was freed at Bigelow's automotive garage in South Buffalo.