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22 June 2024

Kidnapped Red Cross workers in Philippines are alive

Kidnapped ICRC workers, Filipino Jean Lacaba, top, Swiss national Andreas Notter and Italian Eugenio Vagni (AP)


The Red Cross says three of its staffers who have been kidnapped on a restive southern Philippine island are alive.

Anna Nelson, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Manila, said on Saturday the report is based on “reliable information”. She declined to give other details.

Motorcycle-riding gunmen abducted Swiss Andreas Notter, Italian Eugenio Vagni and Filipino Mary Jean Lacaba after they visited a jail on Jolo island, a known stronghold of the Al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf.

Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, says they are well and unharmed.