Abu Sayyaf group threatens anew to behead foreign Red Cross hostages

MANILA, Philippines — Al Qaeda-linked militants have made new threat to behead a Swiss and an Italian Red Cross hostages in southern Philippines, a day after they released their Filipino colleague some 78 days after abduction.

Richard Gordon, Chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, confirmed to Xinhua in a text message that the Abu Sayyaf militants told him the latest threat in a phone conversation Friday.

It came as Philippine government officials vowed tougher stance against the group, named by Washington as an international terrorist organization responsible for a series of bombings and kidnapping cases, and re-ordered troops to cordon off the militants’ lair in the hinterland of south Jolo island.

Three members of the International Committee of the Red Cross ( ICRC) — Swiss Andreas Notter, 38, Italian Eugenio Vagni, 62, and Filipino national Mary Jean Lacaba, 44, were kidnapped in Jolo on Jan. 15 after a humanitarian mission there.

Lacaba was freed late Thursday while the other two remain in the captive.

Xinhua News Service

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Published in: on April 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm  Comments Off on Abu Sayyaf group threatens anew to behead foreign Red Cross hostages  
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