Tourists Abducted In Southern Philippines


Two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager and a Filipino woman have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a popular resort island in the southern Philippines, the army has said. Philippines army Captain Alberto Caber said on Tuesday that the four were taken at gunpoint during a raid late on Monday night on the Oceanview resort on Samal Island, near Davao City, the largest city on Mindanao island in the restive southern Philippines.

“Four people were taken but we do not know what group was behind the attack,” Caber said. He said there were about 30 foreign tourists at the resort at the time of the raid.  “It appeared the foreigners were the targets, they were not taken at random,” he said. Caber said the abducted foreigners were identified as John Ridsdel and Robert Hall from Canada and Kjartan Sekkingstad, the Norwegian manager of the resort. The Filipino woman was not identified.

Military sources said the gunmen spoke English and Tagalog, the language spoken widely in the Philippines. “Two Japanese tourists tried to intervene but failed,” one of the sources said. The gunmen fled towards the Mindanao mainland with their captives, the source said.



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