KIDAPAWAN CITY: Jihadists abducted non-Muslim residents in the hinterland of Butig town in Lanao del Sur, believing they were “spying” for the government.
Col. Roseller Murillo, commander of the Marawi City-based Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, identified the victims as Tado Hanobas, Buloy Hanobas, Makol Hanobas, Gabriel Hanobas, Adones Hanobas and a certain Isoy, all workers at a sawmill in Sandab village.
Local officials from the military and the police said the abduction happened at around 11 a.m. on Monday in Purok 4, Brgy. Sandab. But they belied reports describing the abducted residents as government agents.
The hostages, who were seized from their lumber site, were brought to an undisclosed area near the camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and its community.
The military was coordinating with the local leaders of the MILF, which had signed a peace agreement with the national government, in negotiating for the release of the hostages.
The military suspected the group called “Maute brothers” as behind the abduction. MOH SAADUDDIN