PHILIPPINE TROOPS RESCUE INDONESIAN HOSTAGE KIDNAPPED BY ABU SAYYAF

MANILA, Philippuines, Philippine troops have rescued an Indonesian, kidnapped by terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf, after nearly four months in captivity, the military said on Wednesday.

Gerry Besana, spokesman of the Philippine military’s Western Mindanao Command, said, Samsul Saguni was rescued on Tuesday afternoon, in a remote village in Sulu province, in southern Philippines.

Saguni underwent a medical checkup at a military hospital in Jolo town, also in Sulu, said Besana. The result of the check-up indicated that the victim is “physically healthy.”

Saguni and another Indonesian, Usman Yusuf, were seized by Abu Sayyaf terrorists, while fishing on Sept 11, last year, in waters off Semporna in Sabah, Malaysia. Both were taken to the Abu Sayyaf militants’ hideout in Sulu province, said a military report.

Troops rescued Yusuf in Dec last year.

The Abu Sayyaf terrorists are holding five foreigners and three Filipinos in the boondocks of Sulu province.

Abu Sayyaf is the smallest but also the most radical among the terrorist groups operating in the Philippines.

The group is notorious for carrying out kidnapping, bombing and beheading in western Mindanao, particularly in their lair in the island provinces of Basilan and Sulu.

The Philippine military recently deployed an army division in Sulu, mainly to track down the Abu Sayyaf militants.

Source: NAM News Network