Jordanian TV reporter abducted in the Philippines

Jordan says a veteran TV reporter who had interviewed Osama bin Laden months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, has been kidnapped earlier this month in the Philippines.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sabah Rafei said on Thursday that Jordanian authorities have information through “contacts” that Baker Atyani was abducted. She declined to elaborate.

It was the first official confirmation of the kidnapping. Rafei says efforts are being exerted to “secure Mr. Atyani’s safe release.”

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