Last Sipadan hostage escapes

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 07 Jun 2003

KOTA KINABALU: The last Sipadan hostage, Rolland Ullah, who was held the by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Jolo, is believed to have escaped after over 1,100 days in captivity. 

A Zamboanga City-based radio station Radyo Agung repor-ted that the 44-year-old Ullah managed to flee from his captors during heavy fighting between the gunmen and Filipino marines in the Patikul area at noon yesterday. 

Ullah, a Filipino, was abducted along with 20 other tourists and staff at Malaysia’s Pulau Sipadan on April 23, 2000.  

The 20 (nine Malaysians, a Filipina and 10 western tourists) were released over four months by the Abu Sayyaf.  

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