1 of 4 Sulu kidnap victims rescued

MANILA Military units attached to the Joint Task Force Sulu have rescued one of the men, who were kidnapped along with two female police officers near the Jolo Airport last April 29.

"At 2 p.m. on May 8, 2018, KV (kidnap victim) Blas Jackosalim Ahamad, a resident of Sitio Palar, Barangay Gandasuli, Patikul, Sulu was rescued by the troops of Marine Battalion Landing Team 3, led by Lt. Col. Ramil DC Holgado at Sitio Budjang, Barangay Libog Kabao, Panglima Estino, Sulu," Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, JTF Sulu commander, said in a statement Wednesday.

Ahamad was rescued three days after the Abu Sayyaf bandits have released Faizal Ahidji.

The valuable information he (Ahidji) shared to us lead to the rescue of Blas Jackosalim Ahamad, Sobejana disclosed citing Ahidji has undergone a custodial debriefing.

The Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Almujer Yadah have seized the Ahamad and Ahidji together with two policewomen, PO2 Benierose Alvarez and PO1 Dinah Gumahad, on April 29 in Barangay Liang, Patikul.

They were aboard a tricycle driven by Ahamad coming from Quezon Beach, one of the famous picnic grounds in Sulu, when the group of Yadah waylaid and seized them.

Sobejana said Ahamad underwent medical examination at the Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista hospital before he was debriefed at the JTF Sulu headquarters in Busbus town, Sulu.

He said information given by Faizal Ahidji, who was released by his ASG captors in Sitio Daang Puti, Barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu at about 7 p.m. Saturday, helped them rescue Ahamad.

His (Ahidji's) relatives brought him (to) the headquarters of JTF Sulu for documentation. As part of the procedure, he underwent medical examination. A custodial debriefing was subsequently conducted. The valuable information he shared to us led to the rescue of Blas Jackosalim Ahamad," Sobejana said.

Efforts to rescue the remaining kidnap victims will continue, he said.

Meanwhile, Sobejana said they continue to uphold the no ransom policy.

We will do our best effort to rescue all kidnap victims, and neutralize all ASG (Abu Sayaf Group) members in order to bring about long and lasting peace and progress in the entire province of Sulu, he added. (With reports from Ericka Cirera, OJT/PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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