Three Indonesian kidnap victims and two suspected Abu Sayyaf members were rescued in waters off South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi, on Thursday night, after the boat they were riding capsized at sea, the military reported Friday.
The Indonesians were initially identified as Riswanto Bin Hayono, Arical Kastamiran, and Arsyad Bin Dahalan, according to a report from the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command.
Members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-6 rescued them and a certain Sahud Salisim alias “Ben Wagas” near the shore of Pasigan Island, around 10:30 p.m.
One of their companions, identified as Bensal Jakare, was rescued by a passenger vessel near Silandat Island, also in South Ubian.
Salisim, according to military records, is a member of the Abu Sayyaf. Jakare’s involvement with the group is still being verified, the Wesmincom said.
Hayono, Kastamiran, and Dahalan are among the five Indonesians employees of a Malaysian fishing firm whom the Abu Sayyaf abducted in waters off Tambisan, Malaysia, on January 17, 2020.
One of the five was killed by their abductors while trying to escape during a clash between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf members in Patikul, Sulu, on September 29 of the same year.
Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, AFP Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi commander, said Hayono, Kastamiran, Dahalan, their other surviving countryman, and five Abu Sayyaf members were traveling from Sulu to Tawi-Tawi aboard a “jungkong”-type boat when they met an accident at sea.
“The terrorists were evading the ongoing military operations in Sulu so they sailed to Tawi-Tawi, bringing along the captives. While sailing, the craft was hit by big waves and capsized,” he said.
The rescued kidnap victims are currently undergoing custodial debriefing by the MBLT-6 and police.
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