• KIDNAPPED WOMAN RELEASED

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected Abu Sayyaf kidnappers released a woman after more than a month in captivity, but her husband remained in captivity in the Sulu. Reports on Saturday said Claire Salinas was freed but the fate of her husband Bonifacio Salinas is still unknown. The couple was seized outside their house in Patikul town on February 16. Both husband and wife work at the Jolo Mainland Water District. The Abu Sayyaf is still holding several hostages, among them two European wildlife photographers Ewold Horn, 52, from Holland; and Lorenzo Vinciguerre, 47, from Switzerland who were kidnapped in Tawi-Tawi province in February 2012. The two foreigners, along with their Filipino guide Ivan Sarenas, 35, were seized 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, but the fate of the two foreigners is unknown.

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