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Irish priest kidnapped during ‘evening stroll’ in Philippines

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CNN reports the kidnapping of an elderly priest kidnapped in the Philippines. Very few details are known at this point.

10/11/09 Philippines (CNN) An Irish priest was kidnapped Sunday in the southern Philippines, his missionary society said.

“Four or five armed men burst into the garden and bundled [Father] Michael into a pickup truck and drove to a local beach. The vehicle was abandoned and burnt. [Father] Michael was taken away in a speed boat.”

The Mindanao area has been gripped by violence and repeated kidnappings as government forces battle Islamic militants who seek a separate Islamic state.

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