ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) kidnapped two Fil-Moroccan sisters in Barangay Liang, Patikul, Sulu, on Saturday, June 22.
Authorities identified the victims as Nadjova B. Abdelbasit and her sister Linda Abdelbasit. They were in Sulu as filmmakers, according to a Rappler source, citing a friend of the two.
Initial reports published by Rappler showed they are Fil-Algerians, but the source issued a correction on Sunday, June 23. “They are Filipino-Moroccans who are Tausug. Their late father was an imam. They grew up in Zamboanga but live in Manila,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
Reports said the Abdelbasits were onboard a passenger jeepney from Barangay Tambang in Patikul, going to the town of Jolo. When the jeepney was approaching Sitio Baunoh in Barangay Liang, they were forcibly taken by more or less 10 armed men.
The men were identified as part of the kidnap-for-ransom group’s Lucky Nine Group. They were led by Aljini Mundoc, Ninok Sapari, and Bensaudi Mundoc.
The suspects fled with their victims toward Sitio Kanjimaw, through Barangay Tugas, in Patikul. – Rappler.com