MANILA: Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen have abducted a Filipino doctor in the remote Jolo town in Sulu Province in the southern Philippines, the military said.
Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom), said yesterday that the kidnapping of the victim, Daniel Moreno, brought to six the number of hostages being kept by the kidnap-for-ransom group.
Sobehana said four gunmen abducted Moreno at around 7pm local time on Tuesday inside his clinic in a village in Jolo town.
“The perpetrators are Abu Sayyaf members, ” he added.
“Upon receipt of the information, we immediately launched pursuit operations.
“Meanwhile, our special units are ready to conduct safe rescue when the location is fixed, ” Sobejana said.
Wesmincom spokesman Major Arvin Encinas said more checkpoints have been set up in the area “to block possible ingress and egress points as of this time”.
On Jan 16, Abu Sayyaf men seized fishermen off Sabah, Malaysia and brought them to Sulu. — Xinhua
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