MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Government security forces rescued a Chinese hostage and killed five kidnappers belonging to the Abu Sayyaf Thursday, September 20, in a raid on the terror group’s newly established training camp in Barangay Calabasa, Zamboanga City.
Yuan-Kai Lin, vice president for operations of mining firm Li-Lo Minerals Traders and a native of Shenzhen, China, was rescued safely, while five of his abductors were killed and one was captured.
Western Mindanao police regional director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles identified those killed as Termije Ajijul and his wife Sitti Raja Salvin, Abu Ulm, Arab-Arab and Banah-Banah. Sambri Aslon Kamlon alias Abu Ziad, on the other hand, was apprehended and is now in the custody of the Philippine National Police-Western Mindanao Command (PNP-WesMinCom).
The freed hostage, Lin, was one of the two Chinese traders kidnapped by Mundos’ group last month. The other was Jian Luo, Li-Lo’s vice president for finance.
They were abducted from their rented apartment in Poblacion Kabalasan in Zamboanga Sibugay, where they had been operating for about three years.
“The group’s leader, Khair Mundos, was shot and seriously wounded but escaped.
Meanwhile, the group’s leader, Khair Mundos, was wounded in the raid but still managed to escape. “A pursuit operation against him is now ongoing,” Estilles said.
Mundos is a key leader and financier of the Abu Sayyaf, a militant group that has links with terror organizations al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah. The United States Department of Justice is offering $500,000 for information leading to his arrest.
He was captured in 2004, but he escaped from a provincial jail in 2007.
While in government custody, he confessed to arranging fund for terrorist bombings throughout Mindanao.
Prior to the raid of the Abu Sayyaf camp, authorities received information that the Abu Sayyaf recently established a training camp in a secluded Sitio Porlos in Barangay Calabasa, Zamboanga City.
Initial reports revealed that the camp was also being used by Mundos’ group in keeping kidnap victims, training grounds and safe havens of other Abu Sayyaf comrades from Basilan and Sulu provinces.
The rescue was initiated by the anti-terrorism task force Sanglahi and was authorized by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., who chairs the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC). – Rappler.com