P3-M sought for release of Jordanian journalist

Posted at 02/04/13 6:32 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the Abu Sayyaf Group wants P3 million in exchange for the release of Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani.

PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group Director Renato Gumban admitted they don’t know yet where in Sulu is Atyani being kept.

He said the Al Qaeda-linked group talked to the journalist’s family in Dubai last month. The members supposedly asked for P3 million.

He said Atyani was able to talk to his family in December.

Besides the Jordanian, the Al Qaeda-linked group is still keeping five foreigners. They are the two birdwatchers kidnapped in Tawi-Tawi, an Australian abducted in Zamboanga, and two Malaysians.

He also claimed that a Japanese treasure hunter, identified as Mamaamer Mamaito, does not want to leave the ASG anymore to avoid the cases he's facing. – from a report by Edwin Sevidal, dzMM