Foreigners kidnapped in Philippines

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Gunmen have kidnapped four people, including two Canadians and a Norwegian, from a resort in the southern Philippines, state media reported.

The abductions took place Monday evening at the Oceanview Resort on Samal Island, which lies off
the coast of the major southern island of Mindanao, according to the official Philippines News Agency.

As well as the three foreigners, a Filipina was kidnapped by the armed group, it said.

The southern Philippines has been plagued by unrest involving Islamist militants in recent years,
including the taking of foreign hostages.

Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, a senior Philippine military official in the region, told the news agency the
identities of the kidnappers were still unknown. He said authorities so far had no indications Abu
Sayyaf, one of the most violent terrorist groups in the region, was involved.

The Canadian government said in a statement it is “aware of reports that Canadian citizens were
kidnapped in the Philippines” and is “pursuing all appropriate channels to seek further information.”

Baladad said the Philippine National Police is leading the pursuit of the abductors, but the military has contributed helicopters and naval vessels to the hunt.

The official news agency reported that the three foreigners who were kidnapped are male.
The Norwegian is the manager of the resort, it said.

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