UPDATE 2-Gunmen abduct three foreign tourists from southern Philippines resort

Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:36pm EDT
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* Gunmen raid popular tourist resort in southern Philippines

* Two Canadians, Norwegian and Filipino kidnapped

* Note found linking Maoist rebels were behind attack

* Two tourists escaped but were hurt (Adds Foreign Ministry statement, Maoist rebels' link to abduction, comment from TVI spokewoman)

By Manuel Mogato

MANILA, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager and a Filipino woman have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a popular resort island in the southern Philippines, the army said on Tuesday.

A Canadian mining firm who one of the tourists had worked for said it was conducting an "intense manhunt" in cooperation with the army.

Philippines army Captain Alberto Caber said the four were taken at gunpoint during a raid late on Monday night on the Oceanview resort on Samal island, near Davao City, the largest city on Mindanao island in the restive southern Philippines.

Military and police officials were surprised by the latest attack, a reminder that insecurity persists in the south despite recent peace initiatives with Islamist rebels.   Continued...