ICRC workers’ captors issue new demand

MANILA, Philippines – The Abu Sayyaf Group holding three Red Cross workers are demanding the evacuation of military camps in several more towns in the province of Sulu, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno said Monday.

In a press conference, Puno said this new demand was issued a little more than 24 hours before the Muslim extremists are to behead one of their captives – all workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The demand made at 9:50 p.m. Sunday, Puno said, was to evacuate the military camps in the towns of Indanan, Patikul, Parang, Maimbung, and Talipao.

But Puno said this was “impossible to complete within 24 hours.”

Members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnapped last January 15 Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba, 37, Andreas Notter, 38, of Switzerland, and Italian Eugenio Vagni, 62.

Abigail Kwok, INQUIRER.net

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Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm  Comments Off on ICRC workers’ captors issue new demand  
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