Possible sighting of ICRC workers reported

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Farmers harvesting their crops early morning Thursday, reported seeing some 300 armed men and three other unarmed persons—one of them a woman—in a village in Parang, Sulu, a local official said.

Representative Yusop Jikiri told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the farmers said one of the unarmed persons who were obviously being guarded by some of the armed men, was walking on what looked like an improvised cane.

But Jikiri said the farmers were not certain if any of the unarmed persons they sighted around 5 a.m. in the village of Lipunos, were Caucasians as it was still dark.

The sighting was reported after authorities admitted that the Abu Sayyaf members have slipped out of Indanan with their hostages, Swiss Andreas Notter, Italian Eugenio Vagni and Filipina Jean Lacaba.

In earlier reports, Notter was allegedly wounded when one of the Islamic extremists shot him for trying to escape.

“I could not say if they were indeed the ICRC hostages. I am treating this information as second-hand information,” Jikiri said.

He said he got hold of the information when the farmers came to him early in the day.

Julie Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao

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Published in: on April 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm  Comments Off on Possible sighting of ICRC workers reported  
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