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Kidnappers free one Red Cross worker in Philippines | World | Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - An Islamic militant group on Thursday freed a Filipina Red Cross worker held captive for two-and-a-half months in the southern Philippines, but continued to hold her two European colleagues, officials said.

The Abu Sayyaf rebel group had threatened to behead one of the hostages on Tuesday unless government troops withdrew from much of Jolo island, but the ultimatum was ignored.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said the release of the Filipina engineer, Mary Jean Lacaba, was "confirmation that we should always stand behind our policy of dealing firmly with any form of lawless behaviour."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:48:17 PM EST
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