KOTA KINABALU: The wife of the late kidnap victim Jari Abdullah is trying to get her husband's body back for burial.
Nadin Junianti Najiri, 25, said the news of her husband's death came from her mother-in-law on Tuesday (April 9) morning after days of him fighting for his life in the Philippines .
"My mother-in-law and sister-in-law had flown to southern Philippines not long after my husband was shot by Abu Sayyaf abductors," she said.
Nadin added that she could not fly to be with her husband as she had to take care of her three young children, one of whom is still breastfeeding.
"I couldn't believe it when I was told that my husband has died, I don't know what to do now," Nadin said.
Jari, 34, who escaped from his Abu Sayyaf kidnappers in a volley of gunfire five days ago, died at a private hospital in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines.
Doctors removed the life support from Jari with the consent of his mother Zuana Laudioto, who was at his bedside late Monday (April 8).
According to Nadin, all she wants is to have her husband's body flown back to Sandakan as soon as possible for burial.
As for her children, she said they kept asking about their father.
Nadin said she tried to explain to them that he has "gone" and could never be contacted anymore. I didn't even have the chance to speak to my husband for the last time and I feel so lost right now," Nadin added.
Jari suffered gunshot wounds to his head, chest and groin as he escaped from his kidnappers during gunfight with Philippine marines at Simusa Island in Sulu on Thursday (April 4).
Philippine troops pursuing the gunmen managed to rescue him and took him to a hospital in Jolo before he was airlifted to Zamboanga City, where he remained critical and never regained consciousness.
Jari and two other Indonesians were abducted from their Sandakan-based fishing trawler, while fishing in the Pegasus Reef area in Kinabatangan waters close to the Tawi Tawi island chain of southern Philippines last Dec 5.
On Friday (April 5), a day after Jari's escape, another victim Indonesian, Heri Ardiansyah, 45, was rescued from the waters near Simusa Island, but a third hostage, Hariadin, 19, drowned and his body was recovered by Philippine marines pursuing the Abu Sayyaf gunmen.
The Indonesian duo tried to swim out of Simusa Island, but Hariadin could not make it amid an all-out Philippine assault against the militants, who surrounded the mangrove in the island close to their stronghold in Jolo Island.
Jari is the third Malaysian hostage held in Jolo to die.
Tung Wee Wei from Negri Sembilan died of sickness in 2013 and the Abu Sayyaf beheaded Bernard Then from Sarawak in 2015.