Abu Sayyaf militants killed kidnap victim Ewold Horn while he was trying to escape his captors in the midst of the military offensives in Patikul, Sulu this morning, May 31.
Horn was shot by the group of top leader Radullan Sahiron amid the focused operation of soldiers from 32nd Infantry Battalion in Sitio Bud Sub-Sub, Barangay Pansul.
“Military troops established blockade and encountered Sahiron’s group, composed of 30 fighters, at 7:41am today, leading to more than an hour of gunfight that killed six bandits and wounded 12 more,” said Major General Divino Rey Pabayo, Jr., Joint Task Force Sulu Commander.
“After an hour and thirty minutes of gun battle, troops recovered the remains of Horn and that of Mingayan Sahiron, the second wife of the Abu Sayyaf top leader,” he added.
Horn was held captive by Sahiron’s group in the hinterlands of Sulu. He was kidnapped in the waters off Barangay Parangan, Panglima Sugala in Tawi-Tawi on February 1, 2012.
“Horn was shot by one of his guards when he tried to escape from the Abu Sayyaf during this morning’s gunfight,” added MGen Pabayo.
“We condemn the inhumane acts carried out by Abu Sayyaf members against their captives and the innocent in Sulu. They perpetrate violence without compunction and in blatant disregard for human life,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, Western Mindanao Command chief.
“On our part, we vow to sustain our intensive campaign to defeat the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu. We also extend our sincere commiseration with the bereaved family of Horn, who died in the hands of his captors.”
Government troops blocked possible withdrawal routes and pursued the enemies after the ferocious gun battle.
Meanwhile, two soldiers incurred gunshot wounds and six more suffered shrapnel wounds.