Saturday, April 18, 2009

Philippines ICRC hostages: one rescued

The reports rolled in earlier today of the successful rescue of one of the three ICRC staffers held hostage by Abu Sayyaf terrorists on Jolo Island in the Philippines. One other, a Philippine national, was released earlier. The Philippines military and local self-defense militiamen pulled off this rescue in a nasty fight, but they did bring out Mr. Andreas Notter, safe and as sound as one can be after three months in the hands of Abu Sayyaf.

The ICRC has now released a formal statement on his condition, and offered hopes for the safe return of Mr. Eugenio Vangi, the remaining hostage.

In what was perhaps an oversight, the ICRC statement offered no thanks to the Philippine military for the rescue.

perhaps an oversight...


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