7 charged in kidnap of Red Cross workers

Palace taps new emissary to free 2 hostages.

MANILA, Philippines—Three police officers, two barangay chiefs and two alleged Abu Sayyaf members have been charged with kidnapping for ransom in connection with the Jan. 15 abduction of three workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Philippine National Police filed the charges on Saturday against the seven in the prosecutor’s office in Zamboanga City, where they were being held by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, PNP spokesperson Supt. Jose Gucela said.

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