Kidnapped aid workers are 'alive'

Published on 20 January 2009

The International Committee of the Red Cross has said that the three staff abducted by gunmen in the southern Philippines are alive and well. Telephone calls made by the three from Friday to Monday have confirmed they are still being kept together. But they also relayed a message from their abductors demanding that the military stop searching for them. The ICRC also quashed rumours that any ransom demand had been made, stressing the organisation does not pay ransoms.

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