Sunday, April 8, 2012

News Update Suspected militants kidnap Philippine businessman

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Police say suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants abducted a businessman in the southern Philippines in the latest kidnapping by the group.

Police Chief Inspector Randell Bueno says seven gunmen seized 62-year-old gas station owner Carlos Ty from his residence late on Saturday in Jolo township on Jolo island, where the militant Abu Sayyaf group operates.

He says the gunmen escaped on a vehicle similar to one used by the Abu Sayyaf in previous kidnappings. Police are in pursuit of the gunmen in a mountainous area in nearby Indanan township.

The Abu Sayyaf is notorious for kidnappings, beheadings and bombings and is on the United States' list of terrorist groups.