Abus release kidnap victim in Sulu

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2018 12:07 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Abu Sayyaf group on Thursday released a woman taken with her husband in Zamboanga del Norte in August, the military confirmed Saturday. 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP Wesmincom) said the victim was released in Patikul, Sulu after more than two months of captivity. Her husband was earlier released. 

AFP Wesmincom spokesperson Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said the victim was immediately brought to Zamboanga City on board a passenger vessel, Friday.

A source said two unidentified negotiators helped the victim's family secure her safe release. The military has yet to issue a statement if ransom was paid. 

Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Mujer and Indam Yadah were believed to be responsible for the woman's abduction on August 31 in the village of Piakan in Sirawai.

The armed men also took her husband, who was released on October 17 in Jolo.

At least six people were killed during the abduction, most of them the couple's neighbors. 

- report from RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News