ASG man in kidnapping of European photogs arrested


PAGADIAN CITY: Police arrested an Abu Sayyaf member linked to the kidnapping of two European wildlife photographers in Sulu province.

Provincial police commander Sr. Supt. Abraham Orbita said Haik Asgali alias Abu Aswad, who is also a nephew of Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron, was captured in Jolo town and is currently being investigated.

He said Asgali is among those who seized Ewold Horn, 52, from Holland; and Lorenzo Vinciguerre, 47, from Switzerland, on February 2012.

The two men, along with their Filipino guide Ivan Sarenas, 35, were abducted at gunpoint by five men in the coastal village of Parangan in Panglima Sugala town while taking photographs of wild birds and handed them over to the Abu Sayyaf. Sarenas managed to escape.


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