06 Feb '12, 9pm

Philippines searches swamps for kidnapped Europeans

Philippines searches swamps for kidnapped Europeans

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: Philippine soldiers were scouring mangroves on remote southern islands on Monday as the search for two kidnapped Europeans intensified, security officials said. Hundreds of naval troops and Marines have been deployed to search for Swiss Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 47, and Dutchman Ewold Horn, 52, in the remote Tawi Tawi archipelago, said Colonel Jose Johriel Cenabre. The pair were snatched by un unknown group of gunmen on Wednesday while on an expedition to photograph rare hornbills in the wild, but government forces have since found no sign of the pair. "Our search efforts have intensified. There is no reason for us to believe that they have slipped past the naval blockade (around Tawi Tawi)," said Cenabre, deputy commander of the local Navy. The authorities have not been able to pinpoint who carried out the abduction and where the captives are being held...

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