4 Kidnapped Koreans Freed in Philippines

      January 28, 2015 12:40

      Four Koreans who were abducted in Manila on Jan. 22 were freed for ransom on Monday.

      A Foreign Ministry official here said police in the Philippines have confirmed their safety and are trying to find the kidnappers.

      The four men in their 30s and 40s, who are apparently relatives, were kidnapped in San Juan north of Manila. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of around W200 million (US$1=W1,079), and a portion of that amount has been paid.

      The victims had been beaten but suffered no serious injuries, according to the Foreign Ministry.

      Violent crimes targeting Koreans are on the rise in the Philippines. There are more than 80,000 Korean residents living in the islands, and they have gained a reputation for carrying a lot of cash with them, making them potential targets.

      Since 2009, some 40 Koreans have been killed in the Philippines. The Foreign Ministry issued a special travel advisory on some parts of the islands effective Monday and has recommended Korean residents in those areas move elsewhere.

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