Three men kidnapped by militants in the southern Philippines managed to escape after a ruse using fake ransom money failed.
The man succeeded in dodging bullets and escaped while some of their captors were praying.
“While the abductors performed their prayer, the victims took advantage and (ran) but they were chased and fired upon,” a report said.
According to media reports, the gunmen had received an undetermined amount of cash for the hostages on Thursday but refused to release them when they realised the money was fake.
Abu Sayyaf group, which is holding over a dozen other hostages including several foreigners in remote jungles, had abducted the four construction workers four weeks ago.