MANILA, Philippines — Officials say the kidnappers of an American woman, her son and Filipino nephew in the southern Philippines have telephoned their family demanding a ransom.
Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat said Sunday that the kidnappers called the family of Philippine-born American Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann and made the demand. He would not confirm the amount demanded.
Regional police commander Felicisimo Khu Jr. says investigators are aware of the ransom demand and are trying to gather more details.
Khu says the main suspects are two Abu Sayyaf commanders based in Basilan province near where Lunsmann, her 14-year-old son and 19-year-old Filipino nephew were snatched by at least 14 gunmen on July 12