Hostage-taker subdued in 9-hr drama; 2 sons rescued PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:48

An nine-hour hostage drama ended with the rescue of two teenage brothers and the arrest of of their father who held them hostage in their house at Manggal Drive, Baliwasan yesterday.

The hostage situation started around 6 a.m. and was resolved eight hours after with policemen firing tear gas on 40-year-old Nur Sakiram, the hostage taker, who had earlier hacked and seriously wounded his aunt.

Sakiram’s two sons ages 15 and 16 were rescued unharmed.

DZT gathered that Sakiram hacked Sarah Abdulsaid around 6 a.m. then went inside their house and locked the door along with his two sons.

The incident was preceded by an altercation between Sakiram and Abdulsaid whom he accused of telling his wife who is working in the Middle East some unpleasant things about him. Because of this, Sakiram confronted Abdulsaid and hacked her several times using a sharp blade weapon called “pira”.

The aunt was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

When Sakiram locked himself with the two sons inside their house, several persons came to negotiate and plead him to release the two hostages and surrender. They included Mayor Beng Climaco Salazar, police officials, relatives and a Muslim leader.

However Sakiram refused to surrender until around 3 p.m. when police mounted a rescue operation using tear gas.

Police recovered the “pira” from Sakiram’s possession.

Charges have been readied against Sakiram. — Dan Toribio