Authorities recovered a 14-year-old American boy after he reportedly escaped from kidnappers in Lamitan City, Basilan, Saturday evening.
Director Felicisimo Khu, head of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Western Mindanao, said police and soldiers found Kevin Eric Lunsmann around 8:30 p.m.
The boy reportedly escaped from his captors at Brgy. Bulingan, Khu said in a text message.
Lieutenant Col. Randolph Cabangbang, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesman, citing military field reports, said Lunsmann was “released.”
“We are still verifying kung nakatakas o pinatakas. What I can say is he (Lunsmann) is safe,” Senior Supt. Alex Lineses, Basilan provincial police director, said when sought for clarification.
“We have just turned him over to the American forces here at the 104th Brigade headquarters in Isabela City, there are many Americans here,” Lineses said in a phone interview past 10 p.m.
Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat is on his way to Basilan to “pick up” Kevin Eric, Khu said.
The boy, son of naturalized American Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, was abducted along with his mother and cousin Romnick Jackaria while visiting relatives in Zamboanga City’s Tictabon Island on July 12.
Gerfa Yeatts, wife of a German expatriate living in Virginia, USA, is a native of that island. She was released by the kidnappers on October 2.
Jackaria “escaped” on the night of November 12, while his Abu Sayyaf captors were trying to evade soldiers in Sumisip, the military said. (John Roson)
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