Sri Lankan peace advocate kidnapped in Philippines

February 13th, 2009 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS  

Zamboanga City (Philippines), Feb 13 (DPA) A Sri Lankan peace advocate was kidnapped Friday in a southern Philippine island, the police said.
The police said Jaalil Umar, 36, was seized by unidentified gunmen inside his rented house in Lamitan town in Basilan province, 900 km south of Manila. The gunmen barged into the house of the victim and forcibly took him.

Government security forces have launched an operation to rescue the Sri Lankan, who, according to initial reports, works with a non-governmental organisation promoting peace in strife-torn Basilan. The province is a haven of Abu Sayyaf rebels, a Muslim militant group believed to be linked to the Al Qaeda terror network.

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