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Philippine tracker dogs to help look for hostages

Philippine military tracker dogs to help look for Germans and other hostages held by militants

Philippine tracker dogs to help look for hostages

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine military says it will deploy 10 teams of tracker dogs to help locate about a dozen hostages held by Abu Sayyaf gunmen, including two German tourists the militants are threatening to kill.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc says the tracking teams would be flown on board a C130 cargo plane Tuesday to a military camp in the south for eventual deployment to Sulu province, where the hostages are being held separately in the southern jungle.

Cabunoc said Monday the intensified manhunt was intended to pressure the ransom-seeking militants but added no military order has been given to launch a rescue attempt.

The military move came after the militants threatened to kill a German captive if a ransom was not paid this month.