MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police say government forces are searching for a town’s vice mayor after she was reportedly abducted in a southern port city.

Police Senior Superintendent Diomarie Albarico said the husband of Arsina Nanoh reported that she was abducted by unidentified men Tuesday near a shopping mall in the bustling port city of Zamboanga. Nanoh is the vice mayor of Hadji Muhtamad town in nearby Basilan province.

Albarico said Wednesday that Alnajil Nanoh told investigators that his wife called late Tuesday and said she was blindfolded and being held in a room by unidentified men.

A number of kidnappings for ransom, mostly blamed on Abu Sayyaf militants, has set off a security alarm in the south.

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