16 Jul '11, 6pm

Kidnappers call US victims' kin: Philippine police

Kidnappers have contacted the family of two US citizens abducted in the Philippines to make an "unbelievable" ransom demand, the Filipino official handling the hostage crisis said Saturday. The official, Zamboanga city Mayor Celso Lobregat, said the identity of the gunmen and the situation of the hostages, who also included one Filipino relative, was still unknown despite the phonecall. "Contact has been made to the husband in the United States. And the contact was that that there is a demand," Lobregat told reporters in this southern port, adding that the call was made on Thursday. "The call was very short and it was cut off (presumably by the kidnappers)," he said, adding there was no word if any deadline was set. He described the demand made as an "unbelievable amount", without giving further details. Filipino police said gunmen snatched Gerfa Lunsmann, 50, her 14-year-...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/kidnappers-call-us-victims-kin-p...

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