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Kidnappers of Swiss, Dutch elude Philippine troops

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine officials say gunmen who seized Swiss and Dutch tourists on a bird-watching trip in a remote southern province could be planning to move the hostages to an island stronghold of al-Qaida-linked militants notorious for ransom kidnappings.

Gov. Sadikul Sahali said Thursday that the kidnappers took the two by boat to the opposite side of Tawi-Tawi Island from the place where they were snatched and closer to Sulu province, where al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants are active.

Sahali says the Filipino guide jumped out of the boat later Wednesday and was rescued by local fishermen.

The Abu Sayyaf have demanded money for an Australian man abducted in December as well as a Japanese and a Malaysian held on nearby islands.

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