Tuesday, November 08, 2011

3 Koreans kidnapped in Lanao del Norte — police

Three Korean nationals who were reported missing in Lanao del Norte three weeks ago were found to have been kidnapped by a still unidentified group, local police said Monday.

Police Director Felicisimo Khu, chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations for Western Mindanao, identified the victims as Seok Wu, Kim Kimnamdoo and a certain Mr. Choi.

Khu, citing initial investigation, said the three left their hotel in Cagayan de Oro City last October 21 with three unidentified Filipinos. They were reportedly invited to go to Lala Maranding town in Lanao del Norte, where they were last spotted.

He added that the kidnappers have already made contact using the cellular phones of the kidnap victims.

Joint Task Force Ranao, which was reactivated by President Benigno Aquino III last May to combat kidnap-for-ransom groups in the area, is currently validating reports that the three were brought to an unspecified area in Lanao del Sur.

Last September, a businessman was also taken by an unidentified kidnap-for-ransom group in Lanao del Sur, but was able to escape from his abductors a day after the abduction. - Andreo C. Calonzo/KBK, GMA News

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