Gunmen abduct two Americans in southern Philippines

July 12, 2011 07:35

MANILA - Gunmen in the Philippines kidnapped three people early on Tuesday, including a naturalized American woman and her 14-year-old son, police said.

The gunmen stormed a beach house on Tictabon island, near the southern port city of Zamboanga, and took three holidaymakers, city police chief Edwin de Ocampo told reporters.

The island is in the Philippines' troubled south where Islamist militants and Muslim separatists are active.

De Ocampo said 14 armed men in two boats arrived around 3 a.m. on Tuesday (1900 GMT) and overpowered unarmed guards. They took Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, 50, her son Kevin Eric, and a nephew, Romnick Jackaria, 19.

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