MARAWI CITY: Combined police and military forces neutralized four hostage takers in a daring rescue operation on Friday evening here, killing one of the suspects and seriously wounded three others.
The kidnap victim – 7-year-old Josh Dy – was rescued unharmed along with his nanny Dianara Bojo, 15.
The P500,000 ransom money was also recovered, police said.
Marawi City chief of police, Supt. Roel Lami-ing, identified the slain suspect as Jun Nasher Barao, 35-year-old and native of Madalum town in Lanao del Sur.
The wounded hostage takers were identified as Deleon Gumagadong, Mante Sultan Maca-antal and their alleged cohort Michele Awtin Mercedez, aunt of the boy.
A law enforcer, Police Officer 3 Jeremy Rivera of Cagayan De Oro City Police Office (COCPO), was also wounded in the firefight.
Lami-ing said the shootout ensued after the fleeing suspects, onboard a Tamaraw FX, fired at the tailing operatives in Barangay Matampay in front of an Islamic university at about 6:30 p.m. after taking the ransom money.
Recovered from the crime scene were a bullet-ridden vehicle of the suspects, a .45 caliber pistol, a .38 cal revolver, a hand grenade, empty shells of M16 rifle and ammunitions.
Police said the victims were abducted on February 12 at Reyes Village in Barangay Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City while on the way to the boy’s school.
Investigations disclosed that the boy’s relative and the kidnappers agreed during series of negotiations that the payment of ransom would take place here, the lone-Islamic city in the country.
A rescue operation was carried out by a team from COCPO, Region 10’s Police Intelligence Division, the Special Action Force, Army’s 103rd Special Action Company and 1st Special Action Battalion, and Iligan City-based Anti-Kidnapping Group.