Monday, October 10, 2011

Gunmen seize trader in Zamboanga province

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 10, 2011) – Unidentified gunmen seized a Filipina trader in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Sur, authorities said Monday.

It said Monaliza Kapa, 40, was taken over the weekend from the town of Pitogo where her family owns a small fleet of fishing boats. The woman was dragged into a waiting speedboat by the gunmen and fled towards the island of Olutanga.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the latest abduction, but authorities suspect rebels could be behind it. Police said it is still trying to establish the motive for the abduction.

The woman’s family did not give any statement to the media or to say whether Kapa was receiving extortion demands or had been threatened by armed gangs.

The abduction occurred barely a week after gunmen seized a Muslim trader, Faridah Olama Adilao, 34, and her driver Moca Mimbantas, 22, were abducted in the village of Nangka in Lanao del Norte’s Balo-i town.

The duo was heading home in a pick-up truck in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur when they were intercepted by gunmen on the highway. The truck had been abandoned near Balo-i town, but the fate of Adilao and her driver is unknown.

Troops were deployed in the provinces to track down the kidnappers and their hostages.

Adilao’s family did not give any statement about the kidnapping. Her family owns a chain of gun stores and a security agency and a pharmacy and an air line booking office, a printing shop and a fast food store in Mindanao and Luzon. (Mindanao Examiner)

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