Indonesian hostage rescued in Sulu

After four months in captivity, an Indonesian held by Abu Sayyaf militants was rescued in Sulu yesterday (January 15).

Indonesian hostage Juragan Kapal Samsul Saguni was rescued through the efforts of former Sulu Governor Abdul Sakur Tan and soldiers of the 41st Infantry Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and the 11th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.

Saguni was brought to the residence of Tan in Poblacion, Maimbung, Sulu at 4:30pm yesterday.

On September 11, 2018, Abu Sayyaf militants kidnapped Saguni and Usman Yunos, who were aboard a Malaysian fishing/trawler vessel, in waters off Semporna, Sabah.

Yunos, 35, was rescued by troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3, Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu and the Sulu Provincial Police Office on December 6, 2018.

Soldiers of the Joint Task Force Sulu facilitated the custodial debriefing of Saguni at the JTF Sulu headquarters in Barangay Bus-bus, Jolo, Sulu.

The victim underwent a medical check-up at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Hospital in Barangay Bus-bus. According to Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, Jr., the medical results showed that the victim is physically healthy.

Saguni was brought to the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command today for debriefing and further medical check-up.

Brigadier General Pabayo, Jr. said the Abu Sayyaf holds five foreigners and three Filipinos in captivity in the hinterlands of Sulu.

“Our Joint Task Force Sulu is committed in rescuing captives of the Abu Sayyaf and in ending the terrorist group’s kidnap and ransom ploys through the consistent conduct of counter operations against the militants and through the strengthened cooperation with the local government and the people of Sulu to encourage the capitulations of the rest of the Abu Sayyaf militants,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

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