British engineer’s wife rescued, 3 captors dead PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 16:52

The Filipina wife of a British engineer, who was kidnapped in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay 15 days ago, was wounded but rescued after Army commandos stormed an Abu Sayyaf lair where she was held captive in Barangay Mahatalang, Sumisip, Basilan last Monday afternoon.

When the smoke was cleared after a heavy firefight, three bodies of Abu Sayyaf gunmen were recovered by soldiers, while several guerrillas were believed wounded in the clash.

A military report disclosed that commandos of the Army’s 4th Scout Ranger Battalion engaged in a gunbattle with the Abu Sayyaf gunmen who were holding Luisa Galvez Morrison, 34, hostage.

The firefight lasted for several minutes and resulted in the rescue of Morrison.

The beauty salon owner suffered injuries in the head and body but was declared on stable condition by physicians.

An Army commando was also reported wounded and was treated at a hospital.

Morrison was debriefed after she was treated at a hospital.

Morrison was seized by three gunmen at her beauty salon in Ipil around 7 p.m. last September 4. She was brought to Barangay Timex aboard a multicab which was set afire by the kidnappers, after they transferred her to another vehicle. It appeared that they later dragged her to a seacraft that sailed for Basilan where she was kept for two weeks.

The 34-year-old Morrison had just built a new house and beauty salon in their place when the kidnapping took place.

It was gathered that the Army commandos were still running after the Abu Sayyaf group in Sumisip, Basilan as of press time.

The slain Abu Sayyaf guerrillas were identified only as Abu Sa-id, Abdul Aziz and a certain Mukim. — Dan Toribio Jr.