Abu Sayyaf frees 2 telco technicians

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two more hostages were released by the Abu Sayyaf group, this time Filipinos, after the release of Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad on Saturday, September 17.

The released hostages were identified as Levy Gonzales, 30, and Daniela Taruc, 26, both employees of Power City Corporation, a sub-contractor of a telecommunication firm.

Major Felimon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesperson, said the two were released around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Tiptipon, Panglima Estino, Sulu.

According to Tan, the massive military operations forced the Abu Sayyaf to free the two captives, several hours after the bandit group released Sekkingstad.

He will not comment whether ransom was paid for the Filipino hostages who were abducted on August 6 in Timpook, Patikul, Sulu.

The victims were on the way to the cell site of a telecom firm in Bagsak, Talipao, when the Abu Sayyaf bandits flagged them down in Timpook.

Tan said the victims were taken to the Joint Task Force Sulu headquarters for medical check-up before they were turned over to proper authorities.
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