Philippines gunmen free US teenager after 5 months

December 11, 2011 07:20

MANILA - Philippine gunmen late on Saturday freed a US teenager after holding him captive for nearly five months on an island in the troubled south of the country, security officials said.

Kevin Eric Lunsmann, 14, and his mother and a cousin, had been vacationing near Zamboanga City in July when gunmen stormed their beachfront house, bundled them into boats and brought them to Basilan island, hotbed of an al Qaida-linked Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf.

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