Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Father Sinnott Held Captive in Philippines

Philippine troops and navy gunboats have been deployed to surround suspected Muslim militants and pressure them to free an ailing Irish priest, who has been spotted with his captors in the country's south, a military general said.

No rescue was imminent out of concern for the safety of the Rev Michael Sinnott, 79, said regional military commander Maj Gen Benjamin Dolorfino.

Sinnott's abduction in Pagadian, in the Zamboanga del Sur province, on Sunday was the latest hostage crisis to grip this predominantly Roman Catholic nation, which has grappled with decades-long Muslim separatist unrest in the south, the homeland of minority Muslims.

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