World Bulletin / News Desk
A businesswoman was rescued Thursday by Philippine government forces who killed five of her suspected captors from an al-Qaeda-linked group in southern Sulu province.
Capt. Benjune Cerbo, Western Mindanao Command spokesperson, told Anadolu Agency that Guan Kim Maujon, 48, was rescued at 7.00 a.m. (2400GMT) off Tapul island.
"Kidnap victim earlier rescued in Sulu will be airlifted to CNGH [Camp Navarro General Hospital] of Zamboanga City today,” he said in a text message.
He did not provide details on whether Maujon had sustained injuries, but said she had earlier been transported to the Parang District Hospital and then a provincial health office in Jolo town.
Armed men believed to be Abu Sayyaf members had seized Maujon in Siasi town Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, Joint Task Group Sulu commander Col. Alan Arrojado said Maujon had sustained two gunshot wounds.
"Five of the seven bandits, led by Salip Mira, were killed as firefight ensued between them and responding village peacekeeping team members while they were escaping together with the kidnap victim," he said in a text message.
He explained that of the slain Abu Sayyaf members, one was killed near Maujon’s residence and another while escaping on a motorized banca boat, while the remains of three others were recovered from the shoreline of Cabingaan village.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Mayıs 2015, 15:26