PH Marines rescue Indonesian kidnap victim in Sulu

Published December 7, 2018, 12:10 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Francis Wakefield

Troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT) 3, Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu under the Joint Task Force Sulu in coordination with the Sulu Provincial Police Office and intel units rescued an Indonesian kidnap victim in Sulu on Thursday morning.

Philippine Marines (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine Marines (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

The victim was identified as Usman Yusuf who was able to escape from his abductors at Sitio Tubig Bual, Barangay Bual, Luuk, Sulu at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday (December 06, 2018).

The 35-year-old Yusuf was abducted at the seawaters off Sempornah, Sabah, Malaysia aboard Malaysian fishing/trawler vessel last September 11, 2018.

The rescued kidnap victim was then brought to Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for medical check-up after which he was presented to Commander, Joint Task Force Sulu prior turn over to higher headquarters.

With the rescue of Usman Yusuf, the number of kidnap victims are down to six, three of which are foreigners and 3 are Filipinos.

“I commend the troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu for their unfaltering conduct of intensified military operations which bear outstanding accomplishments,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command.

 
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