Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants free two Filipino hostages
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Abu Sayyaf gunmen have freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist's crew believed to have been kidnapped by the al-Qaeda-linked militants in June as they set out to interview the extremists in their jungle lairs in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.
Policemen found frail-looking cameraman Ramel Vela and audio technician Roland Letriro late Saturday and brought them to a hospital in southern Sulu province, where they were kidnapped in June along with Jordanian Baker Abdulla Atyani, provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Antonio Freyra said.
Atyani is believed to still be held by the gunmen.
"They really lost weight because they were constantly under stress each day," Freyra told The Associated Press.