Indonesian hostage escapes from Abu Sayyaf PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 December 2018 12:11

By ELY DUMABOC

Military personnel recovered an Indonesian kidnap victim who reportedly escaped from his Abu Sayyaf captors within the vicinity of Barangay Bual, Luuk Municipality, Sulu Province last Wednesday.

A military report identified the victim as Usman Yunos, a 35-year-old Indonesian sailor.

The hostage reportedly was able to escape from his Abu Sayyaf captors at Bud Bawis in the Municipality of Panamao.

Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, AFP Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson, said that Yunos escaped from his captors by running towards a small community in Barangay Bual in Luuk Municipality.

The victim was recovered by troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3, Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu under Joint Task Force Sulu.

“The kidnap victim was rescued by our Intelligence personnel operating in the area and successfully brought to Kuta Heneral Teodolfo Bautista Hospital for medication,” Besaña said.

The 35-year-old Usman together with Samson Sagunim were sailing on their fishing vessel when they were taken by the Abu Sayyaf in waters off Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia last September 11.

The kidnappers reportedly demanded P4-million for their safe release.

There are six kidnap victims still in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf, based on a report from the Western MIndanao Command.

Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, Westmincom Commander, commended the troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu for their “unfaltering conduct of intensified military operations which bear outstanding accomplishments.” (Ely Dumaboc)