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Philippine militants free Australian held for 15 months: Military

Published on Mar 23, 2013 6:15 AM
Kidnapped Australian national Warren Rodwell (left) sits next to Philippine police superintendent Jilius Munez (right) at the police station in Pagadian City, in southern island of Mindanao early March 23, 2013, shortly after his release. The kidnappers, members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, had released at least four video clips of the Australian as proof that he was in their custody. -- PHOTO: AFP

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.

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