Female school principal kidnapped in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:06

Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen kidnapped yesterday morning a school principal in Sumisip, Basilan, a province that is included in the autonomous region called Bangsamoro entity that was  agreed upon by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a peace deal signed on March 27.

A police report disclosed that Benita Enriquez, 60, principal of the Manggal Elementary School in Sumisip town was aboard a yellow passenger Tamaraw jeep on her way to Isabela City, Basilan’s capital, when five gunmen wearing bonnets stopped the vehicle and snatched her, leaving other passengers unharmed.

Police said Enriquez’ abductors are believed to be Abu Sayyaf guerrillas led by Juhaibel Alamsirul.

It was not known where Enriquez was brought by her abductors.

The militant Abu Sayyaf that is fighting for a Islamic state in Mindanao is linked to Al-qaeda and was infamous for beheading their hostages in past kidnappings.

The same group kidnapped Baker Atyani, a Jordanian journalist on December  2013. He was freed 18 months later on January this year