Indian man escapes from Al-Qaeda linked militants in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An Indian man escaped from Al-Qaeda-linked militants on Friday after being held captive in the southern Philippines for nearly 14 months.
Mr Bijo Kolara Veetil escaped before dawn on Friday as his Abu Sayyaf captors were preparing breakfast, said Sulu provincial police chief Antonio Freyra.
A heavily bearded Mr Veetil, 37, later told reporters at a hospital that after he slipped out of the militants' encampment in the hinterlands of Patikul township, a villager brought him to a provincial official, who handed him to police. He was then taken to the hospital.
Mr Veetil, who worked as an operations manager for a garment company in Kuwait, said he was kidnapped in June 2011 while visiting his wife's family in Patikul.