Philippine militants free Australian held for 15 months: Military
MANILA (AFP) - Islamic militants in the Philippines have released Australian Warren Rodwell, more than 15 months after kidnapping him from his home in the south of the country, the military said on Saturday.
"Warren Rodwell has been released in Pagadian city. It is confirmed and he is now (in) the custody of the police in Pagadian city," regional military commander Lieutenant General Rainier Cruz told AFP.
Pagadian is about 100km east of Ipil, the southern Philippine town where Rodwell had been living with his Filipina wife before he was kidnapped on Dec 5, 2011.
A photo and short video from a journalist on the scene on Saturday morning showed a gaunt but smiling Warren Rodwell, aged in his 50s, at the police station, sitting alongside two policemen.