By: Agence France-Presse
Three males kidnapped by Islamist militants within the southern Philippines escaped whereas their captors prayed, dodging bullets as they ran, police mentioned Saturday after a ruse utilizing fake ransom cash failed.
The destiny of a fourth man who ran off in a special path was unclear.
The building employees have been taken to the police on Jolo island on Friday, 4 weeks after being kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf group, which is holding greater than a dozen different hostages together with a number of foreigners in distant jungles.
The gunmen had acquired an undetermined amount of money for the hostages on Thursday, however refused to launch them after realising the cash was fake, regional police chief Reuben Sindac instructed AFP.
“While the abductors performed their afternoon prayer, the victims took advantage and (ran) but they were chased and fired upon,” Sindac mentioned, citing an official report.
The Abu Sayyaf, blamed for the worst terror assaults within the nation’s historical past, is thought to behead hostages until ransom funds are made.
Sindac mentioned a village official discovered three of the hostages close to the Jolo city of Talipao early Friday, one with a gunshot wound to the top that was not regarded as life-threatening.
The official introduced them to the police hours later.
The three instructed police their fourth colleague had run in one other path and it was unclear if he had escaped or been recaptured by the militants.
Sindac mentioned he didn’t know who paid the fake ransom cash.
The Philippine authorities as a coverage doesn’t pay ransom, and the gunmen are identified to barter instantly with the victims’ households or employers.
The militants beheaded two Canadian hostages final 12 months and a German captive in February after ransom calls for weren’t met.
Police mentioned the militants additionally beheaded seven loggers on the southern island of Basilan final month, throughout which a Vietnamese hostage was additionally killed in a gunbattle between his captors and the safety forces.
A Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf faction has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and joined up with militants who seized components of the southern metropolis of Marawi in May.
The militants have withstood a US-backed army offensive in Marawi that has claimed 725 lives and displaced almost 400,000 individuals.
President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed martial regulation throughout the southern third of the Philippines, together with Marawi, Basilan and Jolo, to quell the militant menace.(AFP)