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Philippines approves German hostage rescue bid

Oct 18, 2014    

Manila, Oct 17 (IANS) Philippine authorities have given the green light to the police and the army to attempt the rescue of two German tourists being held hostage by the Islamist group Abu Sayyaf which threatened to kill one of them Friday."The operation will begin at any moment, but we are identifying the exact location of some of the Abu Sayyaf leaders and members," said Col. Allan Arojado, the army commander on Jolo island where the hostages are believed to be held.The army has sent a special unit tasked with law enforcement operations to join the seven battalions on Jolo island l...

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