- The Washington Times - Friday, April 17, 2009

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AP) - Philippine officials say a Red Cross worker from Switzerland has been released by al-Qaida-linked militants on a southern island three months after he and two other volunteers were kidnapped.

Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo, a spokesman for military forces on southern Jolo island, says Andreas Notter was recovered by authorities in Indanan township early Saturday.

He says Notter was immediately brought to the residence of Sulu provincial Gov. Sakur Tan, who heads the local crisis committee dealing with the hostage crisis. He gave no other details on the release.

Notter’s release leaves Italian Eugenio Vagni still in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf militants. Filipino volunteer Mary Jean Lacada was released earlier.

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