KIDNAPPED FILMMAKERS RECOVERED IN SULU

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Philippine authorities recovered two kidnapped Muslim sisters after they escaped from their Abu Sayyaf captors in the southern province of Sulu. Linda and Nadjoua Bansil, who are both filmmakers, were recovered by security forces in Sitio Kantatang in the village of Buhanginan in Patikul town. The duo, whose mother Fatiha Elouali is an Algerian, was seized on June 22 last year while filming in the town together with members of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam. The kidnappers demanded a P50 million ransom from the Algerian embassy through the sisters’ mother. Algeria has no embassy in Manila, but Malaysia.

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