ARMED men believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have taken their captives deeper into the forests of Sulu, according to a police intelligence report seen by The Manila Times.
The report said the ASG is consolidating all of its hostages somewhere in Indanan town in Sulu and these are being guarded by more than 200 gunmen. The victims include the three foreigners and a Filipina abducted by a group of 20 armed men from a resort in Samal Island in Davao del Norte on September 21, 2015.
The intelligence report said the four were spotted on Thursday in the area of Tubig Maul in Barangay Sawaki in Indanan town, Sulu along with other hostages, including Malaysian Bernard Ghen Gen Ted Fen and Thien Nyuk Fun, who were snatched by armed men from a restaurant in Sandakan, Sabah last May.
Also seen in the same area was Korean Hong Nwi-Seong who was abducted by gunmen in January in Zamboanga Sibugay.
The police report said several ASG commanders—Yasser Igasan, Angah Adji, Alhabsy Misaya, Furuji Indama, Idang Susukan and Raden Abu–lead more than 200 heavily armed fighters guarding the hostages.
The ASG decision to move their captives in Indanan town came a few days after Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, and Hall’s Filipino partner Marites Flor were spotted in Parang on September 26.
A police source said the gunmen who seized the four were also behind the kidnapping of two German yachters in Palawan last year.