Islamic – Christian relations
This is how traditional Islam treats their dhimmis
Police and soldiers on Monday launched a manhunt for suspected Islamic militants who kidnapped a well-loved, 78-year-old Irish priest in the southern Philippines.
Six gunmen snatched Michael Sinnott while he was doing his early evening exercise routine Sunday at his home near Pagadian city in Zamboanga del Sur province, authorities said.
While nobody has claimed responsibility for the abduction, police and military said they suspect that either the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group or the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were involved.
Sinnott was forcibly dragged away at gunpoint and transferred to a waiting van, which was subsequently found abandoned and torched near a coastal area, police said.
One witness said he was then beaten up and transferred to a small motorised boat, which sped away towards open seas in the direction of a MILF stronghold in Lanao del Norte province.