Abducted Filipino filmmakers are found safe

MANILA — Philippine marines found two Lebanese-born Filipino sisters on Thursday who either escaped or were freed by Abu Sayyaf extremists after eight months of jungle captivity on a dangerous southern island where they had traveled to make a documentary about poor farmers, officials said.

Colonel Jose Cenabre said Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were found in a mountain town on Jolo island.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted the sisters on June 22 of last year in Sulu province, where they had traveled to do a video documentary called ‘‘Cafe Armalite,’’ about the lives and culture of poor coffee farmers in the predominantly Muslim region.


The Abu Sayyaf had demanded a ransom in exchange for the sisters’ freedom but Cenabre said it was not clear if money had changed hands.

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Abu Sayyaf militants still hold about a dozen hostages in the jungles of Sulu, including two European bird watchers who were kidnapped two years ago, Cenabre said.

Associated Press