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Two kidnapped lady cops freed by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu


Two kidnapped policewomen in Sulu have reportedly been freed by the Abu Sayyaf group nearly three weeks after their abduction.

According to local media reports, PO2 Benierose Alvarez and PO1 Dinah Gumahad were released unharmed.

As of this report, the authorities have yet to provide the full details about the release of the two abducted female police officers.

However,  a military source who asked not to be named because he/she was not authorized to speak to media said Gumahad was first released Tuesday afternoon while Alvarez on Wednesday morning.

Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana,  commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, confirmed the release of two kidnapped lady cops.

But he did not provide any information of the specifics surrounding the release.

Alvarez and Gumahad were abducted last April 29 along with their two male companions, one of them identified as Faizal Hambali, was also reportedly released by the Abu Sayyaf last week.

Alvarez is assigned at the Philippine National Police Zamboanga del Sur Engineering Service while Gumahad is undergoing training under the Criminal Investigation Course.

Police reported 11 fully armed men flagged down a tricycle they were riding in Barangay Liang, Patikul at noontime of April 29.

The reports said the tricycle was driven by a certain Jackosalem Ahamad Blas along with a companion, identified as Faizal Hadji.

The military tagged the group of Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Idang Susukan and Almujer Yada as behind the abduction of two female police officers.

Susukan group's was reportedly demanding P5 million ransom for the release of the two policewomen. Hader Glang

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