Basilan vice mayor seized in Zambo mall

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police said a vice mayor of a small town in the Muslim province of Basilan has been abducted at a shopping mall in Zamboanga City.

Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said Arcina Kahing Nanoh of Hadji Muhtamad town was taken from the Mindoro Mall while shopping with her husband Alnajil on Tuesday. The husband told the police that he just left his 20-year-old wife for a while and she disappeared.

Huesca said Nanoh’s husband reported the abduction to the police after he received a call from her wife’s cell phone saying she has been abducted by unidentified men. It was unknown whether the abductors have deman–ded ransom for the safe release of the politician.

Nanoh was allegedly forced by unidentified men out of the shopping mall unnoticed by the guards and into a waiting vehicle where other men were waiting, other reports said.


No individual or group claimed responsibility for the abduction. Nanoh is a member of the United Nationalists Alliance. There was no immediate statement either from her political party or family about the abduction.

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