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Kidnapped film-makers recovered in southern Philippines

Published on Feb 21, 2014 1:37 AM

MANILA (AFP) - Two Filipina documentary film-makers, kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked Muslim extremists in the strife-torn southern Philippines, were recovered by authorities on Thursday after eight months in captivity, a military statement said.

Nadjoua Bansil and her younger sister Linda were recovered on the island of Jolo as the military and local officials were conducting a search for them, the statement from the Jolo marine brigade said.

"The safe recovery was made possible through the intensified conduct of law enforcement operation(s)," the statement said. It made no mention of any arrests.

It was not immediately clear if the two had been freed by their abductors or if they escaped.

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