Indonesian rescued from Abu Sayyaf in Sulu waters

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 06 2019 01:21 AM | Updated as of Apr 06 2019 05:55 PM

This undated photo provided by Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) Armed Forces of the Philippines Saturday, April 6, 2019, shows the island where an Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants was rescued by Philippine troops on Friday, April 5 in Sulu province in southern Philippines. Officials said Saturday, an Indonesian hostage swam his way to freedom but another drowned while a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping. Photo courtesy of WESMINCOM Armed Forces of the Philippines via Associated Press

MANILA - An Indonesian was rescued from the Abu Sayyaf group in the waters off Simisa Island, Banguingui, Sulu on Friday afternoon.

Heri Ardiansyah survived while his companion Hariadin died due to drowning, according to Joint Task Force Sulu.

Three bandits and their captives tried to swim across the channel towards Bangalao Island to escape from pursuing troops when they were spotted by roving sea patrollers, according to AFP Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Gerry Besana.

The military said it is pursuing other Abu Sayyaf militants trapped in Simisa Island. 

A gunfight which lasted for 10 minutes resulted in the deaths of 3 Abu Sayyaf members under subleader Najir Arik.