Al-Qaida-linked militants free 2 Filipino hostages

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Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:16 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Abu Sayyaf gunmen have freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV journalist's crew who were kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked militants last year as they set out to interview the extremists in their jungle lairs in the southern Philippines, police said Sunday.

Policemen found frail-looking cameraman Ramel Vela and audio technician Roland Letriro late Saturday and brought them to a hospital in southern Sulu province, where they were kidnapped in June along with Jordanian Baker Abdulla Atyani, provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Antonio Freyra said.

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