4 wounded in failed Sulu kidnapping PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 May 2016 14:44

Four persons werre injured in a shootout that broke out during a failed kidnapping in the conflict-wracked Jolo island  a military official said Saturday.

Dr. Marian Lao, believed to be the target of kidnapping by the militant Abu Sayyaf group, was injured along with her two escorts and a policeman, according to Maj.  Filemon Tan, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command based in Zamboanga City.

Quoting a military report from Sulu, Tan said two motorcycle-riding men opened fire on Lao’s clinic, prompting the policeman, who was on duty on the other side of the road to return fire.

The attackers fled after a brief shootout. They were believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf, out to kidnap Dr. Lao.

The militant group — which has pledged allegiance with the Islamic State (IS) —  has been holding several foreign hostages,  one of whom was beheaded recently.  After killing beheading John Ridsel, the Abu Sayyaf is threatening to behead another foreign captive if ransom amounting to P600 million is not paid on June 3.

Since 1991, the group - armed with mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars and automatic rifles - has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortions in a self-determined fight for an independent Islamic province.