Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gunmen seize Muslim trader in Marawi City

An undated photo of Abdulkarim Magarang. (Best Available Photo - Mindanao Examiner - Becky de Asis)

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 31, 2010) – Unidentified gunmen seized a Muslim trader on Tuesday in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province in the southern Philippines, police said.

Police said the Abdulkarim Magarang, 42, was on a pedicab when gunmen seized him in the village called Lilod Madaya at around 6 a.m.

“We are still investigating the motive of the abduction,” said Senior Superintendent Cosanie Derogongan, the provincial police chief.

He said the gunmen dragged Magarang to a waiting car and sped off. No group or individual claimed responsibility for the abduction.

It was the second abduction in Marawi City since June this year after gunmen also seized Nuraldin Yusoph, 22, son of Elections Commissioner Elias Yusoph. The young Yusoph was freed weeks later after ransom was allegedly paid to his captors. (Becky de Asis)

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