Joint Task Group Basilan operatives rescue 9 construction workers abducted by Abu Sayyaf

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 Units from Joint Task Group Basilan have rescued the nine construction workers earlier snatched by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands Monday morning at Sumisip town, Basilan province.

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1st Lt. Sally Magno, Joint Task Group Basilan public affairs office chief, said the rescue took place at 4:40 p.m. at the far-flung area of Barangay Kaumpamatsake, also in Sumisip.

She said that the rescue was conducted by elements of Marine Landing Battalion Team 11 and the 64th Infantry Battalion.

The nine construction workers were abducted by the ASG bandits at 8:45 a.m. Monday.

All of the victims were employees of the Abubakar Construction. They were kidnapped while passing at the Barangay Upper Benembengan aboard a water truck.

Joint Task Group Basilan commander Col. Rolando Joseluto Bautista immediately deployed all available units to pursue the ASGs and rescue the victims.

Due to the ongoing military pressure, ASG sub-leader Juhaibel Alamsirul alias “Abu Kik” was forced to abandon his victims to avoid being trapped by the pursuing force.

Magno said the victims were all taken to 64th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Basilan for debriefing and medical check-up. PNA

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