Philippine security forces free U.S. hostage in Luzon

18:08, May 06, 2010      

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A 39-year-old Filipina-American was freed from her abductors in a daring rescue operation in Tagaytay City on the island of Luzon at dawn on Thursday, Philippine police said.

Salvacion Gamba Gorenflo was safely rescued by military and police operatives from her kidnappers' safehouse at Filipinas Farm in Tagaytay City shortly after 3:00 a.m., police said, adding that three kidnappers were killed in the operation.

In a report to Philippine National Police Chief Jesus A Verzosa, Isagani Nerez said the rescue operation was carried out upon receipt of reports from concerned citizens about suspicious activities at the kidnappers' safehouse and confirmation that the victim was being held there.

A firefight ensued when operatives stormed the safehouse killing two unidentified kidnappers on the spot. A third suspect succumbed to gunshot wounds in a nearby hospital.

Forensic investigators have recovered the kidnappers' weapons and tools of the crime consisting of three pistols, one car and several mobile phones.

Gorenflo was abducted at gunpoint on April 11 in Dasmarinas city, Cavite province by at least five suspects and held for ransom for several weeks, Nerez said.

The kidnappers initially demanded one million U.S. dollars ransom from Gorenflo's family in the U.S. for the victim's release.

However, no ransom was paid to the kidnappers, Nerez said, adding that Gorenflo has been turned over to the U.S. Embassy and a thorough investigation is underway.

Source: Xinhua


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