Friday, February 17, 2006

Robot Spy Plane Taken Hostage in Phillipines

Muslim villagers are holding for ransom a crashed unmanned US drone used in military exercises against the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippine island of Jolo.

...local television news showed footage of a villager holding the ill-fated drone, whose wing span is about one meter long and has a slim body and a video camera mounted on its belly.

The white drone appeared to be intact, but security sources in Jolo said villagers holding the aircraft "hostage" were demanding as much as P100,000 ($1,934) ransom in exchange for the aircraft.

Sources did not say if the US or Philippine military are willing to pay the money to get back the drone, which may contain valuable information about the Abu Sayyaf or its hideouts on the island.

"There is nothing to fear about the US drone. It is being used to survey areas where humanitarian activities will be jointly undertaken by US and Philippine troops," said Maj. Gamal Hayudini, a spokesman for the Southern Command.

Sun.Star Zamboanga - Crashed US spy drone held by Sulu villagers for ransom?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rats, I was just thinking $1900 would be a steal for a cutting edge US military drone. And they got it back for half that! It would have been a nice toy or a great source of parts or an amazing item to sell on ebay! Oh well, you have to move fast when a bargain comes up.

9:48 AM, February 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't think the us will pay the whole point is when you lose a robot it dose'nt matter but a human is different plus i think they're only trying this on because there was rewared for bringing their other robot back

1:27 AM, June 01, 2006  

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