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TV crew go missing on Philippine kidnap island

MANILA -- A three-man news team for the Dubai-based Al Arabiya network, including a Jordanian man, are missing on a remote Philippine island notorious for Islamist militants and kidnappings, police said Friday.

Baker Atyani and his two Filipino crew failed to return to their hotel on Jolo island on Tuesday, provincial police chief Antonio Freyra said.

“The Jolo mayor offered to provide security for them, but they declined, saying they would not go far from their hotel,” Senior Superintendent Freyra told AFP by telephone.

Local authorities searched their rooms in Jolo town center after the hotel owner reported to police that they failed to return in the evening, he said.

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