US citizen’s nephew freed by kidnappers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 November 2011 16:57

Kidnappers released on Saturday  a teenager, who was kidnapped along with his US citizen aunt and cousin in Tictabon, Sacol island , this city last July19.

Romnick Jackaria, 19, was freed  about 10 p.m. in Tubigan, Maluso, Basilan. He was accompanied by Army troops and barangay officials of Tubigan and was brought to an outpost in Abong-Abong, Maluso, Basilan for a short rest.

Jackaria was later was taken to the headquarters of Army Special Forces in Maluso for debriefing.

The teenager was seized by gunmen along with his aunt Gerfa Lunsmann and her 14-year-old son Kevin Eric at their rest house in Barangay Tictabon, Sacol Island.
Mrs. Lunsmann was released by her abductors in Maluso, Basilan shortly before midnight on October 2, after about 82 days in captivitiy. Her son Kevin Eric remains captive.

Authorities had neither confirmed nor denied the payment of ransom for the release of  Lunsmann.

Lunsmann was presented to newsmen at City Hall on October 3 by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and Mayor Celso Lobregat.

In a press briefing together with Mayor Lobregat and Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Elpidio de Asis, Sec. Robredo acknowledged the work done by the Crisis
Management Committee headed by the mayor in securing the release of Lunsmann.

Lunsmann and her son arrived in the country in the first week of July and stayed in their rest house in Sacol Island when the gunmen arrived and seized them.

Lunsmann was adopted by a foreigner when she was a child and was brought to the United States until she got married in that country. — Dan Toribio Jr.