ASG AT­TACKS SULU SCHOOL

Abducts 4 work­ers, hours be­fore Duterte visit

Tempo - - Front Page - (AP and Aaron B. Re­cuenco)

JOLO (AP) – Sus­pected Abu Sayyaf gun­men ab­ducted four work­ers in a school in Sulu where Pres­i­dent Duterte vis­ited troops wag­ing an of­fen­sive against the mil­i­tants, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

JOLO – Sus­pected Abu Sayyaf gun­men ab­ducted four work­ers in a school in Sulu where Pres­i­dent Duterte vis­ited troops wag­ing an of­fen­sive against the mil­i­tants, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

About 20 mil­i­tants barged into a grade school com­pound in Patikul shortly af­ter mid­night Satur­day and seized six pain­ters and car­pen­ters, one of whom man­aged to es­cape and alerted the po­lice.

Army troops later res­cued an­other worker.

Duterte pinned medals on wounded troops dur­ing brief visit to Sulu last Satur­day. The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive has or­dered gov­ern­ment forces to de­stroy the ran­som-seek­ing mil­i­tants who still hold sev­eral for­eign and Filipino hostages in the jun­gles of Sulu.

Mean­while, 14 in­mates, in­clud­ing sus­pected Abu Sayyaf fight­ers and drug deal­ers, es­caped early yes­ter­day from a jail in a new build­ing that also houses the po­lice head­quar­ters in a gov­ern­ment com­pound here, of­fi­cials said.

Three of those who es­caped were gunned down by po­lice and an­other was shot and cap­tured. Army troops were help­ing po­lice track down the rest with the use of mil­i­tary drones and snif­fer dogs, a po­lice state­ment said.

Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sin­dac, Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao po­lice chief, said the three slain in­mates were all fac­ing il­le­gal drugs charges. He iden­ti­fied them as Jul­big Alin­jani, Budda Basali, and Midz­far Sa­bili.

The wounded in­mate dur­ing the pur­suit oper­a­tion was iden­ti­fied as Gummi Maim­bung who is also fac­ing drug charges.

Po­lice said six of the es­capees are sus­pected ASG mem­bers Makrim Hab­bisi, Al­si­mar Basali, Nasir Mal­dam, Al­bin Alibasa, Jul­haber Sar­iol, and Ben­jie Pan­doga. They are all fac­ing il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and ex­plo­sives charges.

Four oth­ers, iden­ti­fied as Mustafa Sarap­pudin, Haber Kasim, Ben­jamin Baker, and Tano Had­jula, are all fac­ing il­le­gal drugs charges.

Se­nior Supt. Mario Buyuc­can, Sulu po­lice direc­tor, said the in­mates es­caped by saw­ing off the metal grill of the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity. They then pro­ceeded to the sec­ond floor and jumped out of the build­ing.

“It was then that our per­son­nel there no­ticed it. They re­acted to pre­vent the es­cape of the other in­mates and some of them im­me­di­ately con­ducted the pur­suit oper­a­tion,” Buyuc­can said.

Buyuc­can said that there were 38 in­mates in­side the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity at the time of the jail­break.

Po­lice sus­pect that the metal saw was sneaked by one of the jail vis­i­tors. “We are still con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion as to why this hap­pened,” said Buyuc­can.

The new kid­nap­pings and jail­break re­flect the di­verse se­cu­rity chal­lenges con­fronting the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion in the South, where thou­sands of troops have been sep­a­rately bat­tling mil­i­tants aligned with the Is­lamic State group who laid siege to Marawi City on May 23.

MAP of Jolo, Sulu

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