15 May 2017

News Story: Abu Sayyaf splits hostages into groups to evade military ops

By Roel Pareño

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - The Abu Sayyaf militants have divided into groups its 27 captives to continuously evade relentless pursuit of government forces in Sulu, according to official.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said that the move of the Abu Sayyaf group could be a tactic to divide troops’ attention in rescuing the hostages.

The captives, believed to be still in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu, include a Dutch, seven Indonesians, 12 Vietnamese and seven Filipinos.

Based on the intelligence reports and information provided by civilians, the Abu Sayyaf divided their captives into two to three groups.

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