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Abu Sayyaf abductors free Jordanian journalist

Veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter Baker Atyani, undergoes medical checkup following his release from one-and-a-half years of captivity in Jolo, the capital of the island province of Sulu in Southern Philippines late Wednesday Dec.4, 2013. Baker Atyani, a Jordanian national who met and interviewed Osama Bin Laden and his aides in Afghanistan months before the Sept.11, 2001 attacks and now Al-Arabiya's TV Bureau Chief for Southeast Asia based in Jakarta, was doing a story of the island, a hotbed of Muslim militants about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila, when kidnapped June 12, 2012, with his two Filipino crew on a restive Jolo island where militants are active, officials said.   AP PHOTO/NICKEE BUTLANGAN

Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani was released by his Abu Sayyaf abductors in Patikul, Sulu, Wednesday evening, after 18 months in captivity, police said late Wednesday.

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Azhar urges Abu Sayyaf to free Arabiya reporter

Baker Atyani

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the top religious authority for Sunni Muslims, on Wednesday urged Islamist extremists in the Philippines to free a reporter with Al-Arabiya news channel seized in June.

Posted: February 28th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Robredo: Abu Sayyaf holding Atyani, crew

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo

Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Saturday confirmed that veteran TV journalist Baker Atyani of Al Arabiya and his two Filipino cameramen were being held hostage somewhere in the jungles of Sulu by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf.

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Palace monitoring developments in disappearance of Arab journalist

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte: No awkwardness. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The local government in Sulu is on top of the situation in connection with the reported disappearance of an Arab television journalist in a known hideout of terrorists but Malacañang is closely watching developments in the case, a Palace spokesperson said Saturday.

Posted: June 16th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Arab TV reporter disappears in Sulu

Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani. AP

A veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter who had interviewed Osama bin Laden months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has disappeared with his two Manila-based crewmen while on a reporting trip on Jolo island, officials said on Friday.

Posted: June 15th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »