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Armed men abducted two Europeans in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi, Wednesday afternoon, police and military officials said.

Elwold Horn, a Dutch national, and Lorenzo Vinciguerra, a Swiss national, were abducted past noon, Dir. Felicisimo Khu, head of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Mindanao, said in a phone interview.

Horn and Vincigueerre, allegedly wildlife photographers, were taken by at least five men armed with M203 grenade launchers, M16 rifles, caliber-.45 pistols.

The armed men took the foreigners and a certain Ivan Sadenas of Davao on a “papet” pump boat then sped away, according to a report from Khu’s office.

The incident occurred at Sitio Luuk-Luuk, Brgy. Parangan, around 1 p.m., Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said.

The foreign nationals went to the area with one Nestor Cabaluas, who escaped the abductors, Cabangbang said in a text message.

The abductors fled towards the direction of Brgy. Lambog, Panglima Sugala, he added.

Police, members of the Navy’s Task Force 62, and Marine troopers are still searching for the victims as of this writing. (John Roson)

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