Suspected Philippine kidnap vessel found abandoned at Jolo port

Philippine authorities have found a boat they suspect was used by kidnappers to take a group of mainly Western hostages to an island stronghold of Islamic militants, the military said.

The vessel was abandoned at a port on Jolo, more than 500km from the Samal island resort where two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina were abducted last week, Brigadier-General Alan Arrojado said.

Jolo is the main base of the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda-linked group that has been blamed for the Asian country’s deadliest terror attacks, beheadings, and ransom kidnappings of foreign tourists and Christian missionaries.

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