Indonesian abducted by Abu Sayyaf found in Sulu

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2018 04:41 PM

LUUK, Sulu - An Indonesian national abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits was found by the Armed Forces in a remote village in this town Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana, the spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command, has confirmed this information Thursday, saying that the Indonesian national was able to escape from his abductors.

A source identified the Indonesian national as Usman Yunos, 30 years old, a boat crew member who was abducted by armed men off Sabah, Malaysia last September 11.

Aside from Yunos, the suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits also took his companion, identified as Samsul Saguni, at gun point. Saguni has yet to be found.

Two other boat crew members hid in their fishing vessel, as they saw the armed bandits approaching their vessel.

Besana said information on how Yunos managed to escape his abductors remains unclear.

Sources said Yunos reached the remote village of Bual in Luuk town after a few hours of running away from his armed captors.

Some military intelligence operative saw Yunos in the village and he was immediately brought to the headquarters of Joint Task Force Sulu.

After a quick medical check-up in Sulu, Yunos is expected to be brought to Zamboanga City Thursday.