GUNMEN ABDUCT BUSINESSWOMAN, DAUGHTER IN BASILAN

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A businesswoman and her daughter was abducted by unidentified gunmen on Thursday in Isabela City, Basilan. Police said 10 gunmen in military uniform snatched the 45-year Dina Lim Irahan and Yahong Lim Tan, 19, near the port area and dragged them to a waiting speedboat. The woman family owns the Dalby’s Videoke House in Isabela City. No other details about the abduction was released by the police and no individual or group claimed responsibility for the latest abduction in Basilan, one of five provinces under the restive Muslim autonomous region where the Abu Sayyaf group is actively operating. In March, five masked gunmen, believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf, seized a 60-year principal Benita Enriquez Latonio of the Manggal Elementary School in Basilan’s Sumisip town and demanded the release of about two dozen Moro National Liberation Front rebels led by Commander Ugong who took part in the attacks in Zamboanga City in September last year that killed and wounded over 400 people. Latonio was eventually freed days later after authorities rejected the Abu Sayyaf demand.

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