Kidnappers freed on Wednesday the midwife they abducted in Patikul, Sulu, but it was not clear if ransom was paid.

Victim Roselyn Kiram was released by her captors to Brgy. Darayan chairwoman Nurmina Abubakar around 4:30 p.m. at South Basih, Brgy. Maligay, Dir. Felicisimo Khu, head of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Western Mindanao, said.

Kiram was “recovered” by policemen around 5:30 p.m., Khu said in a text message.

Asked if the abductors recieved any ransom for Kiram, Khu said, “most probably none.”

Lieutenant Col. Randolph Cabangbang, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said field reports indicated that Kiram’s release was a result of efforts by Patikul Mayor Kabir Hayudini.

Kiram, along with five fellow workers at the Patikul Municipal Health Center, were waylaid by about 10 armed men while passing through Brgy. Liang on an L300 van, en route to Jolo, on Monday.

The five were freed the same day, while Kiram was reportedly taken by the suspects to a forested area south of Liang.

The armed men, described as wearing military uniforms and bonnets, were said to be led by a certain Ninok Sapparis. (John Roson)

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