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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Abu Sayyaf, Frees Kidnapped Ex-Italian Priest in Philippine

An ex-Italian priest who was kidnapped last October by the dreaded Abu Sayyaf armed
group has been finally released  after six months of captivity in Sulu the southern Philippine group of islands.

Ex -priest Del Torchio, live in Southern Philippine where he runs  a pizza restaurant in Dipolog city.

The ex - priest was attacked by 6 gummen at his pizzeria last October, and was forcefully  taking  away in a van and then a motorboat.

Philippine troops and police found Rolando del Torchio on a ferry at Jolo port in Sulu province, and took him to a military clinic for an examination because of his poor health, a military report said.

A Philippine news site reported that del Torchio was released after a ransom was paid. Another site reported $630,000 was paid.

In Rome, the Italian foreign ministry thanked the Philippine government for its "excellent cooperation and commitment, which allowed the release".

Del Torchio has lived in the southern Philippines despite its history of violent attacks on other Italian priests. In 2011, Father Fausto Tentorio, who belonged to the same mission as del Torchio, was killed in Mindanao.


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