“Al Qaeda linked gunmen kidnap nine-year-old girl in Philippines,” from AFP, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines – The Philippines military said on Thursday it believed a militant Islamic group with links to Al Qaeda was behind the kidnapping of a nine-year-old girl in the southern island of Basilan.
Gunmen believed to be Abu Sayyaf rebels abducted Donna May Ramos, the daughter of a village official, along with a friend while they were playing Wednesday, it said. The other girl managed to escape.
The girl’s father is a town councilor in Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf and other armed Muslim groups.
Provincial police chief Superintendent Clifford Gairanud said there were no immediate demands for ransom and the motive for the abduction was unknown.