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Engineer, wife kidnapped in southern Philippines

Published on Feb 16, 2014 9:04 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Suspected Islamic militants kidnapped an engineer and his wife in a southern Philippine island on Sunday, the latest in a rash of kidnappings in the volatile south.

Bonifacio Salinas and his wife Claire were abducted just outside their home on Jolo island by men believed by security officials to be members of the Abu Sayyaf, which once received funding from Al-Qaeda.

Abu Sayyaf is also holding two European tourists and a Japanese man on Jolo.

Local Marine spokesman Captain Ryan Lacuesta said the couple had just returned home on a tricycle when they were seized.

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