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Three Red Cross workers abducted

January 16, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An army general said he hoped to rescue three kidnapped Red Cross workers in the southern Philippines.

Gunmen on motorcycles intercepted a vehicle carrying the three on their way to the airport on Jolo island, where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to hide. The workers are from Italy, Switzerland and the Philippines.

Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban, head of Jolo's anti-terrorism task force, said their vehicle was found abandoned near the mountain town of Patikul, the scene of many clashes between troops and Abu Sayyaf.

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