Sulu teacher abducted by Abu Sayyaf

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2016 12:35 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2016 06:00 PM

MANILA - The Al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf group allegedly abducted a teacher in Patikul, Sulu on Wednesday.

The Army's Western Mindanao Command said the militants kidnapped Edrina Manalas Bonsil, a 30-year-old teacher of the Tuhog Elementary School.

An earlier report said Bonsil was on her way to school when unidentified men blocked her Tamaraw jeepney and dragged her towards a forest in Sitio Kapuli, Barangay Kanague.

The 32nd and 10th Infantry Batallions have launched hot pursuit operations against the suspects.

The abduction comes after President Duterte ordered the Philippine Army to destroy the small but violent Abu Sayyaf group.

Abu Sayyaf militants, notorious for extortion, kidnappings and bombings, beheaded two Canadians kidnapped this year from a tourist resort. They recently freed 18 Indonesians and Malaysian tugboat crew members after getting ransom.

In June, a video appeared online showing Islamic State accepting the allegiance of Abu Sayyaf fighters, in the first formal recognition of a Southeast Asian group by Islamic State, counter-terrorism officials said.

-- Report from Henry Atuelan, DZMM