Kidnapped UK man and wife rescued after Philippines gun battle

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Kidnapped UK man and wife rescued after Philippines gun battle

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A British businessman and his Filipino wife have been rescued from their abductors in the southern Philippines, the country's army has said.

Allan and Wilma Hyrons were taken from a beach resort on Mindanao island by four armed men on 4 October.

Their kidnappers - thought to belong to the IS-loyal militant group Abu Sayaff - fled after a gun battle in the nearby Sulu region on Sunday.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the couple were "safe and well".

Mr Hyrons, 70, who is a dual national, has lived in Mindanao's Zamboanga del Sur region with his wife since 2013.

On the day they were captured, the couple had reportedly been celebrating Teachers' Day at a nearby college.

Witnesses reported seeing them being taken from a hut and dragged to a motorboat.

They were given medical checks after their ordeal ended with the operation by Philippine forces at approximately 17:00 GMT on Sunday.

BBC News has been told that the UK military was involved in the rescue operation.

A small team of British special forces personnel provided advice and planning support to help the search, a military source told BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale. The MoD has not commented...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50542723


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Well done, all the forces involved!
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