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Swiss Hostage Escapes From Abu Sayyaf Rebels In Philippines

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MANILA – A Swiss hostage has escaped from Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines after more than two years in captivity.

Associated Press on Saturday quoted military commander Rustico Guerrero as saying Lorenzo Vinciguerra fought with his captors in the jungles off Patikul town in Sulu province. He was wounded either by gunfire or hacking as he dashed to freedom early Saturday, said the report. He was found by army troops and taken to a hospital.

Vinciguerra was one of two European bird watchers who were seized by the militants in nearby Tawi Tawi province more than two years ago, said the report.

Abu Sayyaf is said to be holding more than 10 captives, including Europeans, Filippinos and a Chinese, according to local media. – AP

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