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Military rescue operation for Abu Sayyaf hostage fails (Only firearms were recovered)


A military operation to rescue a kidnap victim held by suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu ends with the recovery of three high powered firearms but no hostage was rescued.

Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) spokesman Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said that at around 5:50 in the morning of Tuesday, July 10, a joint focused military operation to rescue Radsnalyn Asta at Sitio Kambal, Barangay Pang, Kalingalang Caluang resulted to the recovery of one M16 and two M14 rifles.

He said three magazines of M14, one magazine of M16 banana type and assorted military/police uniforms were also recovered by the troops.

"However, the LEO (Law Enforcement Operation) yielded negative presence of the KV (kidnap victim) in the area," said Besana.

The rescue operation was conducted by composite units under the JTF Sulu, composed of MBLT1, 61MC MARSOG, RF2 PMRFS, S2 MBLT1/3, MID2, NISU NISGWM together with elements of 52SAC, SAF.

Pursuit and intelligence operations have been intensified by the Joint Task Force Sulu to track down the kidnappers, but Besana did not provide information about the hostage.

The Abu Sayyaf, which is linked to international terrorist organizations,  has been carrying out kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in the south since 1991.

It is still holding several Filipino and foreigner captives alike in Sulu for ransom. Hader Glang

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