Kidnappers free 2 Fil-Algerian sisters PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 February 2014 13:16

After nearly eight months in captivity, Filipino-Algerian sisters Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were recovered Thursday afternoon from their Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu through a rescue operation by the Marines and the Presidential Anti-Crime Organized Crime Commission, a military official said Thursday.

Joint Task Force Sulu commander Marine Col. Jose Johriel Cenabre said “the two kidnap victims were safely recovered in Sitio Kantatang, Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu.”

After their rescue the sisters, both independent filmmakers who were kidnapped on June 22, 2013, were brought to the house of Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan where they were served decent meals.

Sulu Governor Abdusakur ‘Totoh’ Tan II said the rescue “was a joint effort of the provincial government, the PNP (Philippine National Police), and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). It was just continuous pressure while maintaining a no-ransom policy.”

Later the Bansils were escorted to the Kampo Heneral Teodulfo Bautista in Busbus, Jolo for a medical examination and post-abduction stress and trauma treatment under tight security.

A military assault craft arrived in Jolo port last night to transport the Bansils to Zamboanga. They are expected to be flown to Manila today.

“This incident tells us that everybody is just vulnerable. Anybody’s safety could be at high risk not just from plain lawless elements but from those who may just be playing with the security of people,” said Jolo Councilor Charina Isahac.

On June 22,2013, ten suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits seized the Bansil sisters in Patikul town while the two were on their way to Jolo to shoot footage for a film.

The release of the two sisters came three days after a woman and her husband,  both employees of the Jolo Mainland Water District,  were seized by five gunmen in front of their house in Kasalamatan Village, San Raymundo, Jolo Sulu.

Bonifacio Salinas and his wife Marie Claire Nono Salinas were snatched at gunpoint by men believed to members of a kidnap-for-ransom-gang linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group around 5:30 a.m.Sunday.

The couple had just arrived home from Zamboanga City when the gunmen waylaid them.

The abductors brought the couple to Barangay Latih aboard a Tamaraw jeepney.

Last December Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani was also released by Abu Sayyaf gunmen after months in captivity.

Atyani and his two Filipino crewmen were kidnapped while trying to link up with Abu Sayyaf militants for an interview somewhere in Sulu.

His two companions were freed February last year. Atyani gained prominence for interviewing Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan a few months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks,

Last November, government troops rescued two construction workers from Zamboanga City,  Lindo Estrada, 50, of Sta. Catalina; and Pedro Petrosa, 59, of Canelar. They were kidnapped more than two months ago in Tawi-Tawi.

The duo were rescued in the village of Suikuban, Omar, Sulu, after the kidnappers, who were believed to be Abu Sayyaf bandits, fled as the troops pursued them.

Another kidnap victim, Alrashid Rojas, a staff of the Western Mindanao State University’s Islamic Institute was released by kidnappers last August in Jolo, Sulu

Rojas was dropped at the Jolo wharf and was picked up by authorities who brought him to a police station before he underwent medical check-up.

Rojas was held in captivity for almost two months by kidnappers with link to Talipao Abu Sayyaf Group of Idang Susukan who is believed to be the same captors of Zamboanga City kidnap victims Flordeliza Ongchua and Eddie Fabella whose kidnap cell still operates in the west coast of Zamboanga City.

Two European bird watchers kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf two years ago have remained in the hands of their captors, also in Patikul.

Ewold Horn of Holland and Lorenzo Vinciguerra of Switzerland were abducted in Sitio Luuk-Luuk, Barangay Parangan, Panglima Sugala town in Tawi-Tawi on 1 February 2012.

There has been no word from the kidnappers about the fate of their captives.

Sabrina Ikbala Voon, scion of a prominent family of Mercedes, this city is the latest kidnap victim in Zamboanga City.

She was snatched by six gunmen pretending as lawmen at their posh residence in Mercedes Wednesday night.

Her fate remains unknown as of press time. — Frencie Carreon/MindaNews