Abu Sayyaf bandits release school teacher

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated) -- The Abu Sayyaf bandits have released a public school teacher they seized on Tuesday in the province of Sulu, a military official said Friday.

Major Filemon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesman, said the teacher, Adrina Bongil, was released around 10 a.m. Thursday in the village of Danag, Patikul, Sulu.

Bongil was fetched by her relatives to Jolo, the capital town of Sulu, after the bandits released her in the village of Danag.

Tan did not mention whether ransom was paid in exchange for the release of Bongil, a teacher of Tuup Elementary School located in the village of Taung, Patikul.

Bongil, 30, was seized by five Abu Sayyaf gunmen on Tuesday, August 16, while she was aboard a passenger jeep on the way to report to her school.

The bandits fled on foot, bringing along with them Bongil toward Sitio Macopa in the village of Kabbon Takas, Patikul.

Tan said Bongil was taken around 2:30 p.m. Thursday to the residence of Patikul Mayor Kabir Elias Hayudini.

He said the Joint Task Force Sulu troops proceeded to Hayudini's residence to conduct debriefing on the kidnap victim. (Sunnex)

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