02 Apr '11, 9am

Philippine tribal gunmen kidnap 16

Philippine tribal gunmen kidnap 16

BUTUAN, Philippines: Philippine tribal gunmen abducted 16 children and adults in a bizarre bid to have their leader released from prison after he was jailed for another mass kidnapping, police said Saturday. The kidnappers have threatened to kill their hostages, who include at least two students and were taken captive on Friday from a number of schools in a remote town on the violence-plagued southern island of Mindanao, police said. "They should behave because if they continue to come into our area we will make an example out of the hostages," the kidnappers' leader, Reyjoy Brital, told a negotiating team's mobile phone that was handed to a journalist. Brital, a former communist rebel who had since left the insurgency, is demanding the release of fellow Manobo tribesman Ondo Perez and three of his followers who were jailed for kidnapping 79 people from the same town in 20...

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