Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Zamboanga Trader Kidnapped

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 27, 2008) – Three gunmen abducted a trader late Tuesday afternoon in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga, police and media reports said.

Police said the gunmen barged into the office of Inocente Bautista in Cabato Road near the village of Tetuan and dragged him to a car which was later found abandoned on the village of Mercedez, about 20 kilometers away.

No group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but a local radio station dxXX reported that police mounted a massive search in an effort to rescue Bautista, whose wholesale company, Western Mindanao Corporation, sells groceries and other consumer products.

It said police commandos were searching the village for the kidnappers and their victim, but there have been no reports that they came near to finding Bautista or had any clue where he was taken.

Reports said the gunmen barged into the Bautista’s office at around 5.20 p.m. and used the man’s car in escaping.

Foreign embassies have previously warned their citizens not to travel to Zamboanga City because of threats of kidnappings and terrorism.

Zamboanga City has been attacked in the past by the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, which bombed civilian targets and in several occasions kidnapped foreigners among them a German canning executive, a Belgian agrarian expert, a Taiwanese matriarch and Chinese traders. (Mindanao Examiner)

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