The 64th Infantry Battalion took protective custody of 11 construction workers who managed to escape from the Abu Sayyaf just hours after the bandits abducted them on Monday (September 14).
According to military sources, two of the workers escaped earlier and made their way to the nearest Marine battalion landing team headquarters.
The rest of the workers escaped later and were were found by soldiers and police officers from the Sumisip Municipal Police Station, together with Sumisip Mayor Gulam Hataman, in Barangay Limbu, Candis, Sumisip, Basilan at 5:30 p.m.
The eleven abducted victims were all brought to the 64th IB camp in Barangay Tumahubong, Sumisip.
Abu Sayyaf bandits stopped a truck carrying the workers in Barangay Benembengan, Sumisip at around 9 a.m.
The bandits then took them to Sitio Penas in the same barangay.
The workers — who belong to Michael Abubakar Construction and Engineering (MACE) — were identified as:
- Munib Sadidul
- Mustapha Gapur
- Abukaisir Nasilon
- Aldren Hadjirul
- Masser Jalaha
- Merhusin Ubbai
- Jaya Abdulla
- JUhan Sarao
- Nadzhar Gabon
- Margani Alpha
- Alsibar Jauhar