Policeman killed by suspected Abu Sayyaf members
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants shot and killed a policeman on Sunday night, June 16, in Basilan.
The victim, PO2 Henry Noel Hidalgo, a member of police intelligence group, was heading home around 11:40 pm when he was attacked by 3 gunmen in Brgy. Aguada in Isabela City, regional police commander Chief Superintendent Noel delos Reyes said Monday, June 17.
Hidalgo died due to several bullet wounds he sustained in different parts of his body and authorities were looking into the involvement of Abu Sayyaf group in the attack.
The 380-strong Abu Sayyaf group, founded in the early 1990s by Islamic extremists, is notorious for kidnappings, bombings and even beheadings in southern Philippines over the past decade. The group was blacklisted by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization.
The group is currently holding European bird watchers Elwold Horn, 52, from Holland; Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 47, from Switzerland.
The two foreigners, both museum staffers in their respective countries and are involved in animal conservation, along with their Filipino guide Ivan Sarenas, were reportedly abducted by five armed suspects on board a pump boat in Panglima Sugala township on February 1 last year.
Sarenas managed to escape from the hands of their captors. - Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler.com