Swiss photographer held hostage by Islamist extremists for two years escapes by grabbing machete and cutting captor’s throat in dramatic break for freedom
Hostage Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 49, who has been held captive for more than two years, managed to escape from his kidnappers during a clash between insurgents and governments troops in the southern Philippines
- Lorenzo Vinciguerra seized while sailing in southern Philippines in 2012
- He’d been kept by rebels of Aby Sayyaf along with Dutch man Ewold Horn
- Swiss wrestled for the weapon during clashes between rebels and troops
- 49-year-old then fled captivity amid gunfire – Horn was too sick to escape
A Swiss wildlife photographer who was held hostage by Islamic extremists for more than two years has dramatically escaped to his freedom by cutting his captor’s throat with a machete.
Hostage Lorenzo Vinciguerra bravely fled from his kidnappers during a clash between insurgents and governments troops in the southern Philippines.
The 49-year-old and Dutch photographer Ewold Horn had been captured in February 2012 by rebels of the Aby Sayyaf group while on a bird-watching trip in Tawi-Tawi province.
Today, a Philippine officer revealed how, as gunfire broke out between the two sides in the remote jungle where he was kept, the photographer began wrestling with his guard to grab the machete.
Despite being wounded on his left cheek during the attack, Mr Vinciguerra finally prised the machete from the guard’s hand and managed to slit his neck.