Gunmen abduct 6 sawmill workers in Lanao Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Apr) – Unidentified gunmen have abducted six workers of a sawmill factory in Butig town, Lanao del Sur last Monday, the military said.

Col. Noli Samarita, deputy commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, said the gunmen believed to be remnants of the Maute group brought the hostages to their Camp Darul in Barang Sandab in Butig town.

Samarita identified the victims as Tado Hanobas, Buloy Hanobas, Makol Hanobas, Gabriel Hanobas, Adonis Mendiz and a certain Isoy.

He said the victims were working at the sawmill owned by a certain Haja Anisa Gunda when the gunmen came and took them as hostages Monday afternoon

Samarita said a military report has identified some of the suspects as Masuri Mimbantas, Asrap Gunda and Alikasan Panolong.

He said they have not received word that the gunmen have demanded ransom money.

The Maute group figured in a weeklong gun battle in Butig town with government troops last February killing two soldiers and at least 20 militants.