Trader kidnapped in S. Philippine city

08:21, July 20, 2010      

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Unidentified gunmen abducted a businessman in southern Philippines Monday afternoon, police and military officials said.

Abdul Nasser Ayada was seized by unidentified gunmen in downtown Tacurong city, in Mindanao region's Sultan Kudarat province at around 4:30 p.m., Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the military's Eastern Mindanao Command told Xinhua.

The 48-year old hostage, a resident of nearby Maguindanao province, was driving along a street in downtown Tacurong when the suspects onboard another vehicle blocked and snatched him at gunpoint, Superintendent Alfredo Dangane, Tacurong police chief, said.

"The suspects and their victim transferred to a white van with plate number 888 and sped off to an unknown direction," Cabangbang said, adding that the authorities are now conducting an operation to identify and track down the kidnappers.

This latest abduction in the country's south happened just at the same time suspected Muslim kidnappers freed a son of an election official seized in the central city of Marawi a month ago, and just days after a Japanese treasure hunter was abducted in the western Zamboanga peninsula.

Source: Xinhua


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