A Filipina, two Canadian tourists, and a Norwegian employee have been kidnaped by Gunmen on Tuesday while other foreigners narrowly escaped from a luxury resort island in the conflict-wracked southern Philippines.
The kidnappings add to a string of abduction of foreign nationals in the south since the early 1990s, mostly by Islamic insurgents for seeking to extort money, in this case, the latest culprits were not immediately identified.
According to police, armed men sailed two motorboats into a marina on Samal island before just midnight yesterday and seized the four from aboard the boat.
“They appeared to target the foreigners. They went straight for the yachts,” superintendent Antonio Rivera, a local police spokesperson, told AFP.
According to him, a Japanese couple was also nearly kidnaped, but the couple fought back, as some of the more than two dozen guests jumped into the water to hide or run.
Helicopters and Law enforcement boats were scouring the waters around the island to try to stop the kidnappers from leaving the area on Tuesday, however, appeared to have escaped. “We still don’t have anything. We’re blank. No group has taken responsibility and there is no demand for ransom.”
Cops report identified the Canadian tourists as Robert Hall, 50 and John Ridsdel, 68. Also, the Norwegian, who was employed at the marina, was identified as Kjartan Sekkinstad, 56.
Identified only as Tess, the 40-year-old Filipina, was a companion of one of the foreign tourists.
The Norwegian and Canadian embassies in Manila declined to comment.
In Oslo, Lothe Salvesen, a Norwegian foreign ministry spokesperson, confirmed to reporters that one of its citizens had been abducted in the Philippines.