Gunmen release two of three captives in S. Philippines

14:23, June 09, 2011      

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Gunmen released Thursday two of their three hostages in the southern Philippines.

According to Philippine Army 103rd Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Daniel Lucero, engineer Boyet Alumbro was released by his kidnappers in Baloi town in Lanao del Norte. Businessman Edgar Gomez was abandoned in the nearby village of Sarip Alawi.

"Gunmen released their captives due to military and police pressure. There's an ongoing pursuit operation," Lucero said.

The two, along with trader Alexander Lim, were abducted Wednesday at the vicinity of Samboron village in Linamon town in Lanao del Norte while heading to nearby Cagayan de Oro City. Lim remains a hostage. Kidnappers are yet to demand a ransom for Lim's release.

Police and military forces immediately launched pursuit Thursday after they were alerted by civilians that a vehicle was torched in Marawi City. The burned vehicle - a Toyota Fortuner with plate number ZBU-135 - belongs to the victims.

Source: Xinhua
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