Sydney man Warren Rodwell ‘kidnapped by terrorists’ in the Philippines
- From: The Daily Telegraph December 07, 2011
A SYDNEY man kidnapped at gunpoint from a seaside town in the Philippines may have been shot before being bundled into a boat.
Philippines police recovered an empty bullet casing and found blood outside the home of Warren Rodwell, a Homebush-born man who has spent the past decade teaching English across Asia. Late on Monday armed men, believed to be a part of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, abducted Mr Rodwell from the town of Ipil on the main island of Mindanao. “Maybe he struggled and someone fired but we do not know who was hit,” local police chief Leopoldo de Asis said.
Mr Rodwell was living in Ipil, in the southern Philippines, where he and his Filipina wife ran a store. According to local news reports, security forces scoured the mountains near the town yesterday for any sign of the kidnappers and Mr Rodwell, who teaches in Chinese universities. Abu Sayyaf was founded in 1990 with al-Qaeda funding and has been blamed for the Philippines’ worst terrorist attacks, including a ferry bombing that killed more than 100 people in 2004, as well as the beheading of foreigners. It is part of a Muslim separatist rebellion which has been raging for 40 years. Mr Rodwell is the 10th foreigner to be kidnapped in the southern Philippines this year. The federal government has established a consular task force to deal with the kidnapping.
Mr Rodwell has travelled and worked extensively overseas. On his personal website he said he has lived in Asia for most of the past decade. Mr Rodwell lists three children and a grandchild on a family tree and said he expects to complete his world studies in the next year or two. He described his personal philosophy as keeping his life simple. “The secret is not take on unserviceable mortgages or loans. Arrange situations with free or minimal accommodation costs. Live modestly,” he wrote.