Swiss National Held By Philippine Islamist Abu Sayyaf Group Escapes Captivity

December 6, 2014 6:54 AM

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Swiss National Held By Philippine Islamist Abu Sayyaf Group Escapes Captivity

A Swiss national abducted nearly three years ago by militants of the Philippine Islamist Abu Sayyaf group escaped from captivity Saturday after government troops attacked a camp where he was being held. Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 49, was one of two Europeans birdwatchers kidnapped by the militant group in February 2012 from an island in southern Philippines, according to media reports.

“He (Vinciguerra) found an opportunity to escape because of the running gun battle with our troops,” a Philippine military spokesperson told Agence France-Presse (AFP). The army had reportedly attacked an Abu Sayyaf training camp in the southern Sulu province early on Saturday.

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