ZAMBOANGA CITY – Suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group abducted a 54-year old head teacher of a public school in Patikul, Sulu, Thursday morning.
In a report, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command said at least five armed men stormed the school around 9 a.m. At gunpoint, they forcibly took the teacher from her classroom.
The bandits also took a motorcycle of one of the teachers before leaving the area.
The military said it is exerting all efforts to track down the captors and safely rescue the teacher.
Joint Task Force Sulu also coordinated with local police and the local government unit to help them in their pursuit operations.
At least 10 other kidnap victims are still being held by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu, including an engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways who was taken in Jolo last month.
A Zamboanga del Norte mayor's son is also currently held hostage by the group. He was abducted in Poblacion, Labason in September 2017.