Photos release of Samal Island kidnap victims – communists suspected

Samal Abduction Group
Photo Release of Abducted Foreigners on Samal Island – NPA Suspected in Kidnapping – www.philippineslifestyle.com

Eastern Mindanao Command has released a photograph group of the three men kidnapped by what authorities now suspect may be the work of the New Peoples Army (NPA).

Both John Ridsdel and Robert Hall are Canadians – while Kjartan Sekkingstad is from Norway.

A note has been found and believed to be left by the abductors: “Katarungan sa aming commander [by] NPA.” (Justice for our commander by NPA.)

Igacos Mayor, Aniano Antalan – quoted the note to the media in Samal.

Authorities now say that at least 30 foreigners were present in the marina when the kidnapping took place. Reports say the gunmen were speaking English and Tagalog while forcibly removing their victims from their boat.

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