Another ICRC hostage freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY – One of the two remaining Red Cross hostages was freed by his abductors in Sulu Friday, officials said Saturday.

Swiss Andreas Notter was freed Friday evening, Lieutenant Colonel Edgard Arevalo, spokesman of Task Force ICRC said.

Chief Superintendent Felizardo Serapio, chief of the Western Mindanao police’s integrated operations office, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that pressure from authorities, who had built a cordon around the Abu Sayyaf lair, forced the bandit group to free Notter.

“We got Notter from a nearby cordon,” he said.

Arevalo said Notter was resting at the house of Governor Abdusakur Tan in Sulu.

He said Notter might be flown out of Sulu anytime but was not certain about the destination.

In a separate interview with INQUIRER.net, Arevalo said that Notter’s release was due to the continuous pressure of military forces on the ground.

An Inquirer source, who was among those who picked up Notter from Lipunos in Parang town Friday, said the Swiss had to be assisted due to difficulty in walking.

In a brief text message, Philippine National Red Cross deputy secretary general Gwen Pang confirmed to INQUIRER.net about Notter’s release but could not yet give details.

Julie Alipala and Katherine Evangelista
Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Published in: on April 18, 2009 at 8:33 am  Comments Off on Another ICRC hostage freed  
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