Operations vs Abu Sayyaf continue in Basilan, Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 December 2014 14:23

The law enforcement operations will continue in a bid to rescue the remaining hostages from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the provinces of Basilan and Sulu.

This was announced by Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, citing the law enforcement operations against the ASG will continue despite the Christmas holidays.

Guerrero did not give further details except that the troops are tracking down the ASG in the hinterlands of Basilan and Sulu provinces.

The ASG is believed to be still holding captives a number of hostages including European birdwatcher Ewold Horn, 54, in the province of Sulu.

Horn, who is from Holland, was seized together with Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 47, of Switzerland and tour guide Ivan Sarenas of Davao City on February 1, 2012 in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi.

Sarenas managed to escape on the same day while Vinciguerra escaped last December 6 in Patikul, Sulu.

After his escape, Vinciguerra disclosed that he and Horn were transferred to Sulu but were kept captive in separate places.