CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 04 April) – A Malaysian kidnap victim was shot Thurday afternoon in Sulu while escaping from his Abu Sayyaf captors who were engaged in a firefight with the Marines.
Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said Malaysian national Jari Abdullah, 34, was in critical condition when he was found by the Philippine Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 at around 4:25 pm Thursday.
He said the Marines engaged the Abu Sayyaf militants led by a certain Najir Arik in a 15-minute firefight in Simusa Island, Barangay Bahkaan, Banguingui, Sulu.
“The kidnap victim tried to escape from his captors during the firefight but was shot by the Abu Sayyaf,” Besama said.
Besama said the Marines found Abdullah 10 meters from the path where the militants withdraw after the firefight.
He said a Philippine Huey helicopter airlifted Abdullah at 7 p.m. Thursday to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Hospital in the capital town of Jolo for medical treatment.
“It seems that the victim is in a very critical medical condition. Masama ang tama,” Besana said.
Abu Sayyaf militants kidnapped Abdullah and two other fishermen identified as Hari Ardiansya, 19; and Hariadin, 45, from Pegasus Reef, Kinabatangan in Borneo on December 6, 2018.
Malaysian police said their abductors brought the victims to Sulu.
Ardiansya and Hariadin are still held captive by the Abu Sayyaf. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)