Second Indonesian escapee of Abu Sayyaf found


PETALING JAYA: Yet another Indonesian hostage has been found after escaping from the clutches of Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported today.

The report quoted Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Filemon Tan as saying the latest escapee identified himself as Ismail, the chief officer of the tugboat “Charles”.

He was found yesterday afternoon by military troops scouring the shores of Luuk town in Sulu. He identified himself to the military as a kidnap victim who, along with six others, was abducted by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the waters of Tawi-Tawi in June.

According to the report, Ismail is currently with Joint Task Force Sulu for a medical check-up. He will be turned over to Indonesian authorities the soonest possible.

Yesterday morning, the first Indonesian captive, Mohammad Safyan, was found off the shores of Luuk town in Sulu, after he swam out to sea to escape an execution by the militants.

Residents of Jolo island spotted Mohammad floating off the shore and alerted the authorities.

Authorities launched an operation to locate the other hostage and this was when Ismail was found.