Philippines: kidnapped priest seen alive



A Columban missionary  who was abducted in the Philippines on Sunday,  has been seen alive, according to local press reports.

Fr Michael Sinnott, 79,  was seen with his heavily armed captors on Monday on the southern island of Mindanao, in an area where Islamist militants are known to operate,the authorities said yesterday.

Fr Sinnott was seized on Sunday from his home at the Missionary Society of Saint Columban compound in Pagadian City.  In recent years there have been many kidnappings for ransom,  of foreign missionaries and tourists in the area.

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