Friday, February 17, 2012

News Update South Korea tour guide arrested over Philippine kidnap

SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean tour guide has been arrested over the kidnapping of four compatriots by Philippine gunmen, who allegedly included local policemen, police said on Friday.

The 33-year-old identified only as Choi was held on Thursday during an investigation into the kidnapping of the Korean tourists in Manila this week, police said.

The guide told investigators he had conspired with Philippine police officers and a South Korean broker staying in Manila, a police spokesman in the central city of Daejeon told AFP.

Choi and 12 South Korean tourists from a sports club in Cheonan, 90km south of Seoul, arrived in Manila last Saturday for a four-day vacation, according to a police statement.