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Militants free kidnapped engineer in Philippines

Published on Apr 20, 2014 12:00 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Suspected Islamic militants have freed a Filipino engineer they abducted in the southern Philippines 53 days ago, the military said on Sunday.

Bonifacio Salinas was seized by alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf group on the volatile southern island of Jolo in February along with his wife, Claire, who was freed a month later.

Local military spokesman Captain Ryan Lacuesta said the gunmen released Salinas on a mountainous roadside Saturday night.

"He was instructed to walk towards the direction of the Jolo airport. He met some civilians on his way who helped him contact the Marines brigade headquarters," Lacuesta said.

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