Abu Sayyaf bandits release female hostage

By Ely Dumaboc

November 17, 2018, 3:29 pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits have released a woman they kidnapped together with her husband almost two months ago in Zamboanga del Norte, police said Saturday.

In a statement, the Sulu Provincial Police Office said the victim, Helen Roda, was released around 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Anuling, Patikul, Sulu.

ASG sub-leaders Mujer Yadah and Injam Yadah released Roda following the alleged payment of a PHP1-million ransom, police said.

The ransom was reportedly delivered by two unidentified negotiators, who at the same time, accompanied Roda in her travel to this city aboard a commercial ferry, police said.

Roda was released 29 days after the ASG bandits freed her husband, Rufo, a militiaman, on October 18 following the alleged payment of PHP1.2 million in ransom.

The couple was seized on August 31 by five ASG bandits following a firefight in Barangay Piacan, a coastal village in the town of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.

Six people, including a militiaman, were killed while a child was wounded in the clash that broke out when the militiamen responded to the reported arrival of five gunmen clad in camouflage uniforms.

Roda's release has brought down to six the number of hostages still in the hands of the ASG bandits. The hostages include a Dutch, a Vietnamese, and four Filipinos. (PNA)