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Published On: Sat, Mar 23rd, 2013

Warren Rodwell freed after 15 months in captivity in the Philippines

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has confirmed and welcomed the release of Mr Warren Rodwell, a retired soldier, after he was abducted by armed members of the al-Qaeda-linked group Abu Sayyaf on December 5, 2011, according to a report in The Australian  Saturday.

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“I have confirmed he is in a safe place in the company of the number two in our embassy in Manila,” Carr said.

“It’s a good outcome but I imagine he will take some time to recover from what was a very unsettling experience to say the least.”

Abu Sayaff had demanded a ransom of $US2 million for Mr Rodwell’s release. It was then reported last May that the ransom was reduced to $460,000.

Carr said the Australian government does not pay ransoms, “Just be clear that the Australian Government never pays ransoms. To do so would leave Australians exposed in all parts of the world to kidnappers who would be motivated by a desire to get money and to get it fast from the Australian Government,” he said.

It is unclear if Rodwell’s family made any such arrangements to free him.

The Foreign Minister also congratulated the Philippines government, particularly the National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group, for their professionalism and dedication and “their tireless efforts on Mr Rodwell’s behalf”.

Kidnapping for ransom is common in the Southern Philippines, particularly of foreigners. It was once reported several years ago that kidnappers in this area would even accept checks for ransom.

The Abu Sayyaf is one of many armed Islamist groups operating in the southern Philippines, which has been home to a deadly Muslim separatist insurgency that has cost tens of thousands of lives since the 1970s.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  1. HARDCOVER or KINDLE ??? says:

    472 days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf : The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell http://www.amazon.com.au/472-days-Captive-Abu-Sayyaf-ebook/dp/B00R1ZXD7O

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