Indian kidnapped in Philippines

An Indian national has been kidnapped in the Philippines by suspected gunmen belonging to outlawed terror group Abu Sayyaf, which is linked to al Qaeda.

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2011, 22:12 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: An Indian national has been
kidnapped in the Philippines by suspected gunmen belonging to
outlawed terror group Abu Sayyaf, which is linked to al Qaeda,
police said Thursday.

Biju Kolara Veetil, 36, was visiting the family of his
Filipino wife in the village of Tempok in southern Philippine
province of Sulu, when the armed men barged in the house late
yesterday.

"We are still awaiting reports about the Indian
national and who was behind the abduction," Chief Inspector
Amil Baanan, the provincial deputy police chief for
operations, was quoted as saying by Mindanao Examiner, a
regional newspaper.

"At least four gunmen took the Indian from the house
and dragged him away," he said, adding that police teams have
been sent to track down Biju.

The motive of the abduction is still unknown, but
previous kidnappings had been blamed by authorities to Abu
Sayyaf militants whose group is tied to al-Qaeda and Jemaah
Islamiya, the report said.

Abu Sayyaf is active in Philippines and Malaysia and
has been blamed for numerous kidnappings, beheadings and
bombings.

Biju is the second foreigner to be kidnapped since
last month in Sulu, one of five provinces under the Muslim
autonomous region.

"Marine elements in Sulu are conducting pursuit
operation," said Army Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang,
a regional military spokesman, the paper reported.

A Malaysian national, Mohammad Nasaruddin Bensaidin,
was earlier kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in the
village of Kajatian in Indanan town.

PTI