Teacher freed by Abus in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 11:08

A school teacher, who was snatched by Abu Sayyaf gunmen Wednesday, was released yesterday, a military official said.

Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, 2nd Marine Brigade civil-military operations officer, said Alrashid Jahang, a teacher at the Taglibi Elementary School, was released in Barangay Kadday Mampallam around 9 a.m.

Lacuesta said they have no reports indicating that ransom was paid to facilitate Jahang’s release.

“The release was made possible through negotiations by the local government unit and the victim’s relatives,” he said.

Jahang will be brought to the Marine headquarters in Camp Teodulfo Bautista, Barangay Busbus, Jolo, for medical check-up and debriefing.

Jahang was abducted around 4 p.m. Wednesday in Sitio Baunoh, Barangay Liang.

He was riding a motorcycle from Barangay Taglibi to Jolo proper when about 10 armed men led by Aljini Mundoc alias Ninok Sapari flagged him down and forcibly took him.

The incident happened came two days after three minors and a family driver were abducted in Jolo, Sulu last Monday morning.

The kidnapping happened in front of  Sharp Tailoring in Barangay Alat, Jolo before 7 a.m.

Seized were Mohammad Zaher Nain y Jajurie, 11, a Grade 5 pupil and son of Dr. Faranahz Jajurie y Intimani, the municipal health officer of Jolo, Alyza Farah Karanain y Jajurie, 8, Grade 2 pupil, Almalyn Abuhail, 17, all students of Notre Dame School and their driver Sadam Amlih, 24, married.

The four were aboard a Toyota Inova driven by Amlih on their way to Notre Dame when seven gunmen clad in Tablig attire blocked their way and took them at gunpoint at Barangay Alat,

The victims were put aboard a Tamaraw vehicle with no plate number that sped away from Jolo town proper. Authorities said the kidnappers brought the four victims to Barangay Kasanyangan, Patikul, Sulu.

Last week two women were seized in Patikul, Sulu.

The taking of the two women took place less than 24 hours after kidnappers released two employees of the Sulu Provincial Engineer’s Office.

The two women were identified as Merilyn Suhali and Fatima Hussein, both natives of Jolo town.

Freed by kidnappers before the abduction of Suhali and Hussein were Jimal Adbilla, 30, and Kilder Sakandal, 45

Also on February 22, kidnappers released two Fil-Algerian sisters after several months in captivity. A day earlier, Sabrina Voon, daughter of a well-to-do family of Mercedes, Zamboanga City was grabbed by gunmen at their posh residence in that barangay.

On February 17,  Bonifacio Salinas and his wife Marie Claire, both employees of the Jolo Mainland Water District,  were snatched by gunmen outside their residence.

In Zamboanga Sibugay, Stephen Tan, 19, and engineering student, escaped from his captors a day after he was abducted in near Pagadian City.

The two women and  the couple in Sulu are still in captivity. — Dan Toribio Jr.