Gunmen abduct businesswoman in south Philippines

AP News
Posted: Sep 05, 2011 12:04 AM
Gunmen abduct businesswoman in south Philippines

Officials say gunmen have abducted a Filipino businesswoman in the southern Philippines.

Regional police chief Elpidio de Asis says three assailants forced 34-year-old Luisita Galvez into a van after dragging her from her beauty salon in Ipil township in Zamboanga Sibugay province late Sunday.

He said Monday that earlier reports had identified her as Luisita Morrison, wife of a British national working for an oil company in Malaysia, but that police later learned they were not married.

Officials say the local crisis committee headed by the town's mayor has been convened. Police and military units are investigating.

No group has claimed responsibility, but previous kidnappings for ransom in the region have been blamed on Muslim rebels and al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants.