Abu Sayyaf strikes anew: 3 DSWD workers seized PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 July 2014 14:44

Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen struck yesterday in Sulu taking three government workers in Sulu, according to police official said.

Sulu police chief Sr. Supt. Abraham Orbita said that three workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were doing some survey work in the village of Sinumaan, Talipao town, around 2 p.m. when gunmen seized them.

Orbita said policemen and army troops were dispatched to track down the abductors and their captives.

He said the abductors have not contacted yet the victims’ families.

The Abu Sayyaf is still holding captive kidnap victims, some of whom are believed to be foreigners.

A Malaysian marine policeman seized by suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen on July 13 was reported to have been handed over to the miltitants’  unidentified new leader in Sulu.

A police intelligence officer said the policeman is being kept now in the jungles of Sulu.

Malaysian and Philippine police and military forces have earlier joined forces to hunt down the suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen who raided a police outpost on a popular diving resort in Mabul Island off Sabah, Malaysia, killing one policeman and taking another hostage.

Abdul Rashid Harun, head of Sabah state eastern security zone, said the masked gunmen, numbering about six to eight, wore black T-shirts and camouflaged military trousers.

The Malaysian government has imposed curfew in most of Sabah state parts in the wake of the spate of attacks and abductions carried out by Abu Sayyaf militants.

In year 2000, 21 people were abducted from another diving resort on Sipadan Island, near Mabul. The Abu Sayyaf, base in the Philippines and affiliated with al-Qaeda, was blamed for the incident.