Gunmen abduct 2 Canadians, a Norwegian, and a Filipino from Philippine island

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine military says unidentified gunmen have abducted two Canadians, a Norwegian resort manager and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine island.

Regional military spokesman Capt. Alberto Caber says two Japanese unsuccessfully tried to intervene before the gunmen escaped with their hostages aboard a motorized outrigger from Samal Island off Davao City.

Caber says the gunmen appeared to have specifically targeted the victims when they entered the Holiday Oceanview Samal Resort late Monday on the northern tip of the island, about 975 kilometres southeast of Manila.

He says authorities have no immediate suspects.

In 2001, Abu Sayyaf militants tried to seize hostages from the Pearl Farm Beach Resort south of Oceanview during a ransom-kidnapping spree in the southern Philippines.

 

The Associated Press