4 captives freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 March) – Gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits have released the four people, including two students, they abducted last March 3 in Sulu, a military official announced.

Released were Mohamad Zaher Nain, 11; Alyza Farah Karanain, eight; Almalyn Abuhail, 17; and Saddam Amlih, 24, said Capt. Maria Rowena Muyuela, Western Mindanao Command information officer.

Muyuela disclosed that the victims were freed at around 4 p.m. Wednesday at the circumferential road in Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu.

Senior Supt. Abraham Orbito, Sulu police director, said the victims were seized last March 3 in front of a tailoring shop along General Arola Street, Barangay Alat, Jolo, Sulu.

Amlih and Abuhail were fetching Nain and Karanain from the Jolo Notre Dame School for Girls last March 3 when seven armed men believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits dressed in tabligh attire blocked their car.

Nain is the son of Jolo municipal health officer Dr. Faranazh Jajurie and Karanain is a relative. Amlih is Jajurie’s family driver while Abuhail is the house helper.

The gunmen transferred the victims to a Tamaraw Fx vehicle and sped towards the municipality of Patikul.

Troops from the 2nd Marine Brigade in coordination with the Sulu police force are tracking down the suspects behind the abduction of the four victims, Muyuela said. (MindaNews)