Gunmen abduct 2 sisters in southern Philippines
MANILA (AP) - Philippine security officials say suspected Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen have abducted two Filipino sisters who travelled to a dangerous mountainous area in the south to work on a film about Muslim farmers.
Police Senior Inspector Christopher Gutierrez says Nadjoua Bansil and her sister, Linda, were taken by about 10 gunmen on Saturday in Sulu's Patikul town where they reportedly filmed coffee farmers. At least three companions of the sisters, who were on a van, either fled on a motorcycle or were left behind by the gunmen.
The police were trying to locate the gunmen and their victims, Insp Gutierrez said.
Marine Colonel Jose Cenabre said on Sunday that the gunmen belonged to Abu Sayyaf, a group notorious for kidnappings for ransom, beheadings and other terror atrocities, but Insp Gutierrez said the police were still checking that.