Ransom demanded for kidnapped Australian Warren Richard Rodwell in Philippines

Warren Rodwell

Kidnapped: Australian Warren Rodwell is alive. Kidnappers have sent proof to his wife, and demanded a ransom. Picture: Facebook
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Warren Rodwell

Australian man Warren Rodwell was kidnapped from his home in the Philippines. Picture: Facebook

PHILIPPINE police say suspected Muslim militants have demanded a ransom for the freedom of a kidnapped Australian and have sent proof he is alive.

Police Senior Superintendent Ruben Cariaga said today the kidnappers mailed four pictures of 53-year-old Warren Richard Rodwell to his Filipino wife before Christmas and called her to demand an initial ransom of $US23,000 ($22,750).

Rodwell was abducted by six gunmen on December 5 in southern Zamboanga Sibugay province by several armed men who are believed to have fled in speedboats.

Bloodstains were found at the coastal home from which he was taken. A search of nearby islands failed to find any trace of him.

According to police, Rodwell’s wife, with whom he runs a store in the seaside town of Ipil on Mindanao island, said she had no way of raising the ransom.

Muslim rebels in talks with the government said they are helping to free him. They said they also heard about the ransom demand.

Australia has established a consular taskforce to deal with the kidnapping and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has spoken with his Philippine counterpart Albert del Rosario.

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