Suspected Abu Sayyaf members free 2 DPWH workers after three-hour captivity

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/23 February) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf members held hostage two government personnel in Sulu for at least three hours Saturday, Senior Supt. Abraham Orbito, Sulu police director, said.

Orbito identified the victim as Jimal Adbilla, 30, and Kilder Sakandal, 45, both personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Abdilla, a heavy equipment operator, is a resident of Maimbung municipality while Sakandal, a helper, is from Jolo, the capital town of Sulu.

Orbito said the victims were aboard a truck en route to Jolo when they were flagged down and seized by the suspects at around 3 p.m. Saturday in Barangay Taong, Patikul.

They were freed at around 6:25 p.m. in the place they were earlier seized.

Orbito said the victims told the police were blindfolded and forced to walk around the area for almost three hours until they got near the national road in Barangay Taong, Patikul town, waited for sunset and freed their captives. (MindaNews)