Monday, November 08, 2010

Taiwanese resisting kidnappers in Zamboanga shot — police

A Taiwanese man was shot and wounded as he fought off kidnappers in the southern Philippines, days after gunmen freed another trader when their getaway car ran out of gasoline, police said Monday.

Jung Yeh Lai, 30, was recuperating in a hospital in Zamboanga City under police guard after he was wounded by one of three gunmen who posed as customers then tried to drag him outside the office of his import-export business Saturday, said police regional director Edwin Corvera.

The attackers fled in a waiting speed boat, he said.

The kidnapping attempt came just days after another victim in Zamboanga was abandoned by his abductors who were being chased by police, said Senior Superintendent Cedric Train.

At least four men seized William Ang Go, a 55-year-old Chinese-Filipino businessman, from his office and led him to his car on Thursday. However, the vehicle ran out of gasoline about 19 miles (30 kilometers) away and the abductors left Go in the car and escaped on foot, Train said.

Kidnappings, extortion and shooting attacks are common in parts of the southern Philippines, where Muslim rebels and al-Qaeda-linked militants are active and unlicensed firearms proliferate.

The military last week deployed a brigade of combat-ready marines in nearby southern provinces to curb a rash of kidnappings after complaints by local officials and residents. (AP)


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