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Philippine militants release captive Jordanian journalist

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Philippine militants release captive Jordanian journalist


Militants in the southern Philippines have released a Jordanian television journalist who had been held captive for a year and a half.

Baker Atyani and his two Filipino crewmen were kidnapped in June 2012 by Abu Sayyaf militants whom they had gone to interview.

His two companions were freed last February,

Atyani, was well known after he interviewed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan a few months before the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. In 2009, at least 31 media workers were among 57 people massacred allegedly by members of a powerful clan in the country’s south.

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