MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police say they have rescued two Chinese businessmen in the restive southern Philippines following a gunfight in which a suspected kidnapper was killed and an officer wounded.
Police spokesman Martin Gamba says the two traders from Guangxi and a Filipino woman were snatched Saturday from a house in Agusan del Sur province. The woman was released the following day but kidnappers demanded a ransom for Defeng Li and Liguang Yang.
Gamba said Tuesday that police were tailing a person who was about to deliver ransom money when two assailants fired at the officers. One suspect was killed, another escaped and the Chinese were safely recovered after Monday's shootout.
Ransom kidnappings are common in the volatile south, where Muslim rebels are active.