Kidnapped Indonesian victim rescued by military in Sulu

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Mohammad Farhan

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) — An Indonesian national kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf group was rescued by military forces in Indanan, Sulu Wednesday.

MGen Corly Vinluan Jr., Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, confirmed the rescue, saying Indonesian Mohammad Farhan escaped from his captors two days ago.

"Nakatakas si Mohammad Farhan two days ago from the ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) kidnappers in the forested area of Barangay Kagay, Indanan. Then a civilian in the area saw him and reported to one of our units that a non-Tausug has escaped from his kidnappers. After coordination with our troops, he was successfully picked up at Barangay Bato Bato, Indanan by our troops at about 6:45 in the evening," said Vinluan.

Western Mindanao Command (WMC) Spokesperson Maj. Arvin Encinas said Farhan was brought to Kuta Heneral Teodolfo Bautista Station Hospital for medical examination after being rescued; before being brought to the WMC in Zamboanga City.

WMC chief LtGen Sobejana also confirmed Farhan's rescue to CNN Philippines and that he was now at the WMC.

Farhan was one of three Indonesians abducted by the ASG in September 2019 in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Two of the victims, Maharudin lunani and Samion Bin Maniue, were rescued in Panamao, Sulu in December.

This is a developing story.