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3 kidnap victims killed in Basilan 06/06/2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

3 kidnap victims killed in Basilan


Three men have been found shot dead in Basilan nine days after they were abducted by the Abu Sayyaf demanding a ransom payment, local authorities yesterday said.

Rear Adml. Alex Pama, commander of the military Joint Task Force Trillium, said government troops tracking the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers recovered the bodies of Claudio Mañanita, Rolando Francisco and Dariel Quintela yesterday morning at the village of Sukaten following tips from civilians.

He added the three men appeared to have been killed last Friday.

“We recovered them today (Saturday) and subsequently turned them over to the PNP (Philippine National Police) and to their families,” said Pama of the three, who were snatched by the terrorists led by Furuji Indama at Libog village in Sumisip town last May 27 while aboard a passenger jeepney on their way to Isabela City.

Pama said the terrorists shot their captives as they fled from the area following a firefight at a nearby village between another group of Abu Sayyaf  elements and Scout Ranger soldiers Friday morning. 

Al-Rasheed Sakalahul, the vice governor of Basilan province, said the gunmen had contacted one of the victims’ families and demanded P1 million in ransom.

“The family was not able to raise the amount the abductors demanded,” Sakalahul told reporters, adding the gunmen may also have felt squeezed by the military’s search.

Army spokesman Maj. Ronald Jess Garcia said two soldiers were wounded in the fighting.... MORE    

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100606hed2.html


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