An American student teaching in West Bank refugee camps was reported missing Wednesday. His project manager said he had been kidnapped by a group calling itself Ansar al-Sunna.A blurred photocopy of a passport and student card carrying the name Michael Leighton Phillips was sent to a foreign news agency by the group.Palestinian security said they did not know of such a group and could not confirm that the American had been abducted. However,groups by that name operate in Iraq and Lebanon.

An American consulate official said that Phillips was missing but could not confirm that he was kidnapped. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

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