Police rescue 2 kidnapped Chinese-A A +A
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
MANILA -- Police said they have rescued two Chinese businessmen in the restive southern Philippines following a gunfight that killed a suspected kidnapper and wounded an officer.
Police spokesman Martin Gamba said the two traders from Guangxi and a Filipino woman were snatched Saturday from a house in Agusan del Sur province. The woman was released the following day but kidnappers demanded a ransom for Defeng Li and Liguang Yang.
Gamba said Tuesday that police were tailing a person who was about to deliver ransom money when two assailants fired at the officers. One suspect was killed, another escaped and the Chinese were safely recovered after Monday's shootout.
Ransom kidnappings are common in the volatile south, where Muslim rebels are active. (AP)