2 bodies of Abu Sayyaf members recovered

MANILA, Philippines—Soldiers recovered the bodies of two Abu Sayyaf members during clearing operations after Monday’s clashes in Indanan, Sulu, where three kidnapped workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross were believed kept.

Lieutenant Esteffani Cacho, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao command, said late Tuesday night that the bodies were positively identified as those of Abu Sayyaf subgroup leader Jul Asbi Jalmaani and his aide, Mudar Hadjail.

Cacho said the military believed that seven other Abu Sayyaf members were either killed or wounded in Monday’s fighting.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines said the clashes last Monday happened after the bandit group under Albader Parad attempted to break through a military cordon that surrounded villages where the three ICRC workers — Filipino Jean Lacaba, Italian Eugenio Vagni and Swiss Andreas Notter — were believed held.

Parad was believed to have been wounded in Monday’s clashes. Intelligence reports received by the military showed that the three aid workers were unharmed.

The AFP said the government was not abandoning non-combat efforts to free the three hostages.

Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Bensali Jabarani, police director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, confirmed on Tuesday night the rescue of Romualdo Sorizo, a 33-year-old garbage truck driver and employee of the Jolo municipal office.

Jolo mayor Hussin Amin said Sorizo was kidnapped on Feb. 8 and the captors demanded P2 million.

“Hindi ako nagbigay. Bakit ko ito-tolerate (I did not give the money. Why should I tolerate them (kidnappers)?” Amin said.

Jabarani said Sorizo was rescued at Barangay (Village) Danag in Patikul, Sulu at the height of the military operations in Indanan.

He added that an Abu Sayyaf group under “Hamlon” and “Isah” was behind the kidnapping.

Julie Alipala, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Published in: on March 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm  Comments Off on 2 bodies of Abu Sayyaf members recovered  
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