• Gunmen seize village chief in Lamitan City

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    LAMITAN CITY, Basilan: The police in coordination with military authorities are tracking down the whereabouts of a barangay official abducted Sunday by gunmen in this city.

    Abducted around 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Barangay Baluno, Isabela City, was Alrusdi Kasim Jainul, the incumbent barangay chairman of Tandung Ahas, this city.

    Local police commander Chief Insp. Almer Ismael said Jainul was on board his vehicle on his way to Isabela City, Basilan province’s capital, when waylaid by a black Sports Utility Vehicle backed by two motorcycles carrying six people.

    Ismael said the suspects, at gunpoint, forced Jainul to board the SUV that sped off towards Isabela City.

    Ismael said the incident most likely has something to do with politics. PNA

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