Military rescues 3 remaining Malaysian captives PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:25

By LIZA JOCSON

Government troops under Joint Task Force Sulu were able to rescue three remaining Malaysian kidnap victims during rescue operations in Sulu province.

Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Col Cirilito Sobejana said that the three were rescued during operations conducted in the boundary of Sitio Kasanyangan Barangay Tuyang Talipao and Barangay Jinggan, Panglima Estino Municipality in Sulu at around 11:30pm.

The three captives were identified as Mohammad Jumadil Rahim, Mohammad Ridzuan Bin Ismail, and Fandy Bin Bakran.

The three were rescued during focused military operations conducted by the 63rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Marines Ready Force and the Naval Intelligence Special Group of the Westmincom.

In a statement by the Western Mindanao Command, the three were reportedly left behind by their captors due to pressure from operations by the military.

The three are companions of two other Malaysian kidnap victims who were rescued last Thursday in Sulu.

Tayudin Anjut and Abdurahim Bin Sumas were rescued during a military operation in seawaters off Kalinggalang Caluang near Pata Island in Sulu province.

The five are crew members of the Tugboat Serundung 3 who were kidnapped on July 19 in seawaters off Dent Haven, Tambisan, Lahad Datu, Sabah by the group of Abu Sayyaf sub leader Sibih Pissih.

They were reported missing after their tugboat and barge were recovered without crew members in Tanjung Labian, Lahad Datu Sabah.  (Liza Jocson)