MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Police on Monday night rescued a Chinese trader kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Jolo town, Sulu province, more than a year and a half ago.
Senior Superintendent Elmer Escosia, Sulu provincial police chief, said 22-year-old Xi Li Cai Wu alias Peter Go was rescued from the bandits past 8 p.m. in the vicinity of Sitio Tubig Samin, Barangay Lambago in Luuk town.
Escosia said police teams and heavily armed Abu Sayyaf bandits led by a certain Julbidni Fnu clashed for 10 minutes before Wu's rescue.
Seized from the encounter site were one .30 M1 Garand rifle, a .30 Carbine and one fragmentation grenade.
Wu was taken at gunpoint by the bandits from his store in downtown Jolo last Dec. 13, 2008.
Authorities believe Wu was initially held by the group of the late Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Albader Parad and then transferred to the group of Commander Abu Jumdail.
The bandits had asked for P20 million for Wu's release.
The Philippine National Police said it has informed the Chinese embassy about Wu's rescue. The kidnap victim will be brought to Manila for medical treatment. -- Report from Leila Vicente, ABS-CBN Zamboanga