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Police rescue kidnapped Red Cross worker

April 18, 2009

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— Police in the Philippines rescued a kidnapped Red Cross worker from his al-Qaida-linked captors today, officials said, but there was no immediate word on the fate on the last remaining hostage.

Andreas Notter, 38, of Switzerland was rescued on southern Jolo island early today, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said, citing “verified reports.”

Provincial officials also said Notter had been freed by police, not released by his Abu Sayyaf captors as previously reported.

“He was rescued by the police and police auxiliary,” Sulu provincial police chief Julasirim Kasim told The Associated Press by cell phone from Jolo.

A military spokesman had earlier said that Notter was released by the Abu Sayyaf militants partly due to “pressure” from government forces.

There was no immediate word on the remaining hostage, 62-year-old Eugenio Vagni from Italy. Filipino volunteer Mary Jean Lacaba was released by the Abu Sayyaf two weeks ago.

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