European birdwatchers kidnapped

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Two European birdwatchers and their tourist guide were kidnapped in the southern Philippines Wednesday, police said.

Five heavily armed men abducted Elwold Horn, 52, of the Netherlands and Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 47, of Switzerland along with Filipino guide Ivan Sadenas, the Inquirer Mindanao reported.


The three were on their way to the mainland when their boat was intercepted at sea by the kidnappers.

The police chief of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said authorities do not know who was behind the kidnapping.

"The foreigners were interested in various bird species in Panglima Sugala because it was only there that they saw some endangered species," said Governor Sadikul Sahali.

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