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Authorities rescue remaining two of three abducted Koreans in Mindanao

Kidnappers abandoned two remaining Korean hostages late Saturday in Lanao del Norte, a military report said Sunday.
Brig. Gen. Roland Amarille, head of the Army Task Force Makalintad, told GMA News Online that the two of the remaining abducted Koreans, Seok Wu and Kim Kimnamdoo, were rescued around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Lanao del Norte's Salvador town.

"The rescue of the two happened two days after their companion Choi In-So was abandoned by the abductors also in a far-flung area in the same town last Thursday," Amarille said.

All the three Koreans were seized on October 21 while scouting for mining opportunities in Lanao del Sur.
No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, but Amarille linked a certain Anwar Bilao as the leader of the gang that seized the Koreans.
Asked if rasom was paid for the Koreans' freedom, Amarille said, "I don't know of any amount of money being paid to the kidnappers."

"The freedom of three victims was mainly due to military and police pressure against the kinadppers. We were able to constrict the area where the gang of almost 30 armed men were hiding with their captives. I guess they ran out of food and other supplies and eventually decided to abandon their captives so their escape would be easy," Amarille said.

Also, he said the kidnappers belong to a band of purely notorious criminals and not to any armed group in the Lanao area.

Except for few bruises, the two Koreans were in good physical condition during the rescue, he added.— Mariz Revales /LBG, GMA News
November 27, 2011 8:48am


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