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Philippine kidnappers strike anew, taking son of bank manager
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15:22, February 17, 2009

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Unidentified armed men abducted the son of a local bank manager in southern Philippine province of Basilan Tuesday noon, local police said, worsening the hostage crisis in the region where more than a dozen people were kidnapped in less than a month.

Alson Porticos, 7, son of a branch manager of Development Bank of the Philippines, was snatched by two men near his home, police said in an initial report.

In less than a month, the Al Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group and affiliated gangs have abducted at least 14 people, including three foreigners, on the island of Jolo, Basilan, and nearby Zamboanga city. Nine hostages remain in captive, at least four of whom were held in the hinterland of Basilan province, some 900 kilometers south of Manila.

Source: Xinhua

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