Updated at 6:30 a.m. ET Tuesday: Police say that kidnapped Australian Warren Rodwell may have been injured after bloodstains were found at his home by Philippine security services, The Associated Press reports. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says her government has set up a task force to investigate.
Published at 8:20 p.m. ET Monday: Armed men kidnapped an Australian man from his home in the Philippines on Monday, and then fled in speedboats, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Tuesday, citing a Philippine military official.
The abducted man, Warren Rodwell, 53, lives in the seaside town of Ipil on the island of Mindanao and reportedly is married to a Filipino woman, the report said.
Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang said no one had claimed responsibility for the abduction, according to the Herald.
Kidnapping of foreigners for ransom is a hazard in the southern Philippines, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has simmered for more than four decades.
Many of these crimes trace back to the Muslim militant group Abu-Sayyaf, which has links to al-Qaida.
Abu-Sayyaf, believed to have been founded in 1990 with al-Qaida funding, is estimated to have a few hundred armed members and is associated with the worst terrorist attacks in the country, including a ferry bombing that killed more than 100 people in 2004, and beheadings of foreigners.
Cabangbang said the military had not yet determined whether the group was involved, the Herald reported.
"We are looking into the possibility that it may be the same group, but it's too early to say," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.