ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops in Sulu rescued on Wednesday morning a Chinese trader abducted in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte before she could be handed over to the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group.
Officials said soldiers from the 35th Infantry Battalion safely recovered Martina Lyn Yee, earlier reported as Cristina Yee, shortly after she and her six captors landed on the shoreline of Kajatian village in Indanan, Sulu.
The gunmen reportedly abandoned Yee, 60, upon seeing the soldiers.
Army Brig. Gen. Arnel de la Vega said troops were immediately sent to the village after receiving information on the presence of the bandits and their hostage.
“The rescue operation was the result of continuous intelligence build-up immediately after receiving information on the group’s plan to hand over said kidnapped victim to Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group,” de la Vega said.
He said the soldiers also seized the gunmen’s new speed boat fitted with three outboard motors used in transporting Yee, who was kidnapped on September 19.
De la Vega did not say who were behind the abduction of Yee, whose family owns the Ben Yee store in Sirawai.