Basilan kidnappers seize 2 NGO workers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 September 2013 13:21

Kidnappers struck anew taking two non-government organization workers in Maluso, Basilan Wednesday night.

Frederick Banut, a community organizer and Cherben Masong,  a pre-school teacher, both of the Claret Sammal Foundation Inc., based in Maluso were seized by gunmen at their staff-house around 8 p.m..

The kidnappers dragged the two hostages to a waiting “jungkung: that sped off towards unknown direction.

Police and military immediately conducted hot pursuit operation, but the kidnappers and their captives were nowhere to be found.

Authorities suspect the kidnappers belong to the Abu Sayyaf Group based in Basilan.

The kidnappers struck after almost two years laying low.

The Abu Sayyaf Group has dissipated into a small bunch of bandits, but they are well armed and trying to raise funds to re-build their forces.

The group’s counterpart in Sulu is holding two Filipino-Algerian sisters who were snatched while doing documentary film.

Meanwhile,  troops from the Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade were deployed yesterday to rescue the two kidnapped NGO workers .

The brigade is a field unit of the 1st Infantry Division.

The two victims are engaged in missionary effort to help the Badjao and Yakan children in Basilan.

Col. Carlito B. Galvez, 104th Infantry Brigade commander,Galvez, said the 14th Special Forces Company has been tasked to conduct seaborne checkpoint in the municipal water of Maluso, Basilan.

Likewise, intelligence operatives were also deployed to monitor the coastal areas of Lantawan, Maluso and Hadji Muhtamad for possible enemy hideouts.

Coordination with leaders of Moro National Liberation Front, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and local government officials of Maluso and its adjacent municipalities was also carried out for possible identification of the group. — Dan Toribio Jr.