Gunmen seize German national in S. Philippines

08:28, June 22, 2010      

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Gunmen abducted on Sunday a German national in the restive southern Philippines, state security forces said on Monday.

Fier Medricat, 30, was taken by two motor-cycle riding men in the southern city of Davao based on the report of the victims' girlfriend named Crystal Morales-Villamor, local police Superintendent Antonio Rivera told reporters.

Rivera said the captors were demanding about 5,600 U.S. dollars in exchange for the freedom of their foreign captive.

Investigation showed the victim, along with three other companions, were heading downtown of Davao from a resort when armed men blocked their way and forcibly took him.

"The kidnappers sent a message saying they are holding the foreigner and that they want a ransom. We are investigating it," the police official said.

Rivera said Mr. Medricat's captors initially introduced themselves as members of New Peoples Army.

The deputy head of mission of German Embassy, Pit Heltmann, said they were informed by police about the incident but they don' t have any idea of the group responsible for the abduction.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been waging a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for four decades. Military estimates placed the NPA strength at more than 4, 000 scattered in more than 60 guerrilla fronts throughout the country.

Source: Xinhua


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