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Armed men kidnap priest, 78

October 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Heavily armed men barged into a Catholic convent and kidnapped a 78-year-old Irish priest in the volatile southern Philippines before spiriting him away in a motorboat, an official said.

The six gunmen entered the Columban House in Pagadian city, Zamboanga del Sur province, and dragged Michael Sinnott into a van in front of his aides, police commander Chief Supt. Angelo Sunglao said.

The van was later found abandoned and burned near the convent.

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