SEATTLE — An American missionary has been kidnapped in Nigeria, according to her sponsoring denomination.

The Free Methodist Church says on its website that it received a report last week that the Rev. Phyllis Sortor was kidnapped from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo. The message from Bishop David Kendall says U.S. officials are working with Nigerian authorities to find and rescue her.

Kidnappings for ransom are common in Nigeria and most victims are returned unharmed.

COPENHAGE — Thousands of people of different faiths have gathered in Denmark and Sweden in a show of unity after attacks against Jews in Europe.

In Copenhagen, people formed a “ring of peace” Friday on the City Hall Square, where Mayor Frank Jensen said “a mad man must not succeed in creating a rift.” Near Stockholm’s synagogue, the crowd, including Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, held hands Friday as they formed a human chain.

The gatherings were inspired by a similar event in Oslo, Norway, last weekend.

Associated Press