ICRC loses contact with kidnap victims

GENEVA — The international Red Cross says it lost direct contact two weeks ago with three of its aid workers being held by al-Qaida-linked militants in the Philippines.

But it says it heard one hostage speaking on the phone Friday with a TV reporter. It believes Swiss Andreas Notter, Filipino Mary Jean Lacaba and Italian Eugenio Vagni are in stable health after 50 days of captivity and it still hopes to secure their release.

The leader of the Abu Sayyaf militants has said he will not negotiate unless the Philippine military pulls out of Jolo island jungles. The military has rejected such demands.

Abu Sayyaf has about 400 members and is on a U.S. list of terrorist organizations for its links to al-Qaida and involvement in kidnappings, bombings and beheadings.

The Associated Press

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Published in: on March 6, 2009 at 10:11 pm  Comments Off on ICRC loses contact with kidnap victims  
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