Monday, May 23, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 23, 2011) – Pirates held a group of fishermen in the southern Philippines and freed them later after receiving ransom, police said Monday.
Police said the pirates seized the fishermen over the weekend and held them off Zamboanga Sibugay town until their demand for ransom was met. It was unknown how much money was paid to the gunmen, but police said a manhunt was launched to track down the pirates.
Authorities did not say whether any of the fishermen were hurt during the ordeal that lasted several hours.
No individual of group claimed responsibility for the attack, but pirates are actively operating off the Zamboanga Peninsula where security forces are also fighting rebels and bandits blamed for kidnappings and terrorism. (Mindanao Examiner)