Chinese hostage rescued in the Philippines

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Xili Wu, a Chinese businessman, was held by militants in the province of Sulu. The capitol of Sulu is Jolo.
Image: Mike Gonzalez.

A Filipino police official said that Xili Wu, a Chinese buinessman held by al-Qaida-linked militants on a southern island for one and a half years, has been rescued.

Amil Banaan, Chief Inspector of Sulu provincial police, says Wu was under the name Peter Go to hide his illegal status in the country before he was kidnapped by a terrorist organisation, the Abu Sayyaf.

The police said the Abu Sayyaf abducted Wu in 2008, from his appliance store in Jolo township that he had opened after immigrating from China.

The police claimed that no people were hurt during the fight between them and the Abu Sayyaf that took place during the rescue operation.

The Abu Sayyaf group is on the US government's list of foreign terrorist organisations and is well known for staging kidnappings for ransom in the Southern Philippines.


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