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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Red Cross Hostage Released in the Philippines

An Italian Red Cross worker has been freed after six months captivity in the Philippines jungle by al-Qaeda linked militants.

Gaunt and haggard, Eugenio Vagni, 62, told reporters that although he had been treated well by the Abu Sayyaf rebels who captured him, he constantly feared being beheaded.

In his darkest moments during his months in the jungle, he imagined seeing "my head in a big basket," the aid worker told Philippines television station ABS-CBN. Mr

Vagni, who suffers from hypertension and a hernia, was kidnapped along with two Red Cross colleagues as they inspected a water project on Jolo island in the Philippines' restive south, and held for 179 days in harsh, rugged terrain.

link: Red Cross worker freed by militants after six months in Philippines jungle - Times Online


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