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Two persons were injured when a grenade lobbed by still unidentified men exploded near the home of Sulu Vice Gov. Abdusakur Tan in Jolo Wednesday night, the military said.

Injured were Andel Aziz Asiri, 31, of Patikul, and Haidar Hasim, 28, of Brgy. Tulay, Jolo, said Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Armed Forces’ Joint Task Group Sulu.

The explosion occurred around 7:50 p.m. along Loay st., Brgy. Asturias.

It happened only about 150 meters from the home of Tan, who is running for governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the May 9 elections, a source said.

Authorities initially reported that an improvised explosive device went off, but Arrojado said a grenade’s safety lever was found later at the blast site.

Policemen cordoned the area and brought Asiri and Hasim to the Sulu Integrated Provincial Health Office for treatment.

Arrojado said investigators are looking at a claim that the grenade throwers were members of feuding clans in Talipao and unvalidated information that they were Abu Sayyaf.

Abu Sayyaf members are reportedly targetting civilians who give information to the military, he said.

Another security source said the blast “appears” to have something to do with Tan’s candidacy for ARMM governor. Tan is running as an independent against incumbent Gov. Mujiv Hataman and two others in the upcoming polls.

“Parang scenario eh, kasi kung target talaga ‘yung bahay, bakit hindi pa doon pinasabog? Pero hindi mo rin naman masabing ganun na nga, kasi hindi naman basta-basta makakahinto dun sa tapat ng bahay dahil may blue guards doon,” the source said. (John Roson)

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Businesswoman abducted in Sulu

Authorities are trying to locate a businesswoman abducted by armed men in Jolo, Sulu, on Sunday, the military reported.

Abducted was 58-year-old Dingkim Yap, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Capt. Maria Rowena Muyuela said, citing a report from the Joint Task Group Sulu.

The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. in Brgy. Chinese Pier.

About six armed men forced Yap into a blue Tamaraw FX then sped away, according to the report.

Yap, who is engaged in textile trade, is said to have come from her store when she was abducted, a military official based in Sulu said.

Local authorities are now following leads that could help determine the abductors’ identities and motive, the official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak. (John Roson)

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Armed men abducted two children, their nanny, and driver while on the way to school in Jolo, Sulu, early Monday, the military said.

The victims were identified as Mohammad Zaher Naim, 10; Princess Raiza Karanain, 8; housemaid Almalyn Abuhail, 18; and driver Saddam Amlih, all residents of Brgy. Alat, Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, civil-military operations officer of the 2nd Marine Brigade, said.

Naim and Karanain are cousins and the former’s mother is a doctor, Lacuesta said in a text message.

The abduction occurred around 7 a.m. along Scott Road in downtown Jolo.

Amlih and Abuhail were taking the children to school when five men flagged down their vehicle and forced them into a Tamaraw-type jeepney, he said.

The abductors’ vehicle was then seen heading towards the direction of Brgy. Anuling, Patikul, Lacuesta said.

Members of the Marines and local police were still tracking down the abductors and their victims as of this writing. (John Roson)

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(Updated 11 p.m.) Two Marine troopers were killed while two children were injured after being shot at a cathderal in Jolo, Sulu, Thursday, authorities said.

Cpl. Danilo Agustin and Pfc. Gilmor Panitan, both of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 (MBLT-9), died of multiple bullet wounds, Col. Jose Johriel Cenabre, commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade, said.

Daniela Rose Iting, 6, and Ellyeza Faith Salo, 5, suffered bullet wounds to the right arm and right heel, respectively, Cenabre said.

The shooting occurred around 11:45 a.m. at the Mt. Carmel Cathedral.

Armed men fired upon soldiers securing the cathedral then hastily left, Cenabre said.

Iting and Salo, who happened to be at the church, were hit by stray bullets, he said.

Initial investigation by the Jolo Police indicated a slightly different story.

A man went inside the cathedral, where Agustin and Panitan took post, then forcibly grabbed the M16 rifle of one of the soldiers, Senior Insp. Kris Conrad Gutierrez, Sulu provincial police spokesman, said.

The man immediately fired upon one soldier and went after the other – who ran towards the kitchen – and shot him, Gutierrez said, citing information from the Jolo Police.

Iting, Salo and a cook aged 30 were caught in the volley of fire, he said.

Cenabre said Agustin and Panitan were rushed to the Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Brgy. Busbus, but were both declared dead by military doctors.

The injured children were taken to the Sulu Provincial Hospital and are now in stable condition, he said.

Police and members of the MBLT-9 have been deployed to Brgy. San Raymundo to locate the assailant. (John Roson)

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Suspected Abu Sayyaf members abducted two Filipino-Algerians working for a royalty, in Patikul, Sulu, Saturday morning, a military official said.

Col. Jose Johriel Cenabre, commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade, identified the victims as siblings Linda Abdel Basit and Nadova Abdel Basit.

The two work as public relations officers for the group Tausug Citizen, which is led by Sultan Bantilan Muhammad Muizzuddin and based in Brgy. Kajatian, Indanan, Cenabre said in a text message.

The abduction occurred around 9:30 a.m. in Sitio Baunuh, Brgy. Liang.

Information gathered from the area indicated that Linda and Nadova were riding a passenger jeepney from Jolo to Patikul, when eight armed men flagged down the vehicle and took the sisters, Cenabre said.

The abductors, believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf’s so-called “urban terrorist group,” were led by a certain Ninok Sappari, according to the military official.

Pursuit operations have been launched to track down the abductors and victims, he said. (John Roson)

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Authorities arrested an alleged Abu Sayyaf member wanted for the abduction of Jehovah’s Witnesses preachers in Sulu 10 years ago, during an operation in Zamboanga City on Friday.

Suspect Walid Amping was arrested in Brgy. Tulongatung around 11:20 a.m., Senior Supt. James Mejia, Zamboanga City Police director, said.

The arrest was made after witnesses positively identified the suspect, Mejia said.

Amping, who was only in his teens during the abduction, has been using the name Alexander Antonio after going into hiding, said a police source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to speak on the matter.

The suspect’s real name was only discovered when relatives visited him in detention, the source said.

Amping is presently being investigated for his possible involvement in the abduction of school teacher Flordeliza Ongchua in Brgy. Labuan on Nov. 13, the source added.

Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said Amping, who also uses the alias Tuma, is facing six counts of kidnapping for ransom and serious illegal detention.

Members of the Army’s Task Force Zamboanga, 3rd Air Division, and Zamboanga City Police carried out the arrest on a warrant issued by Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 266 Judge Toribio Ilao, he said.

On Aug. 20, 2002, Abu Sayyaf members kidnapped six Jehovah’s Witnesses preachers and their Muslim guide in Jolo, Sulu, and later beheaded two of the victims. (John Roson)

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A Filipino-Chinese businessman and a nursing student were killed after being shot by still unidentified men in Patikul, Sulu, Friday night, police said.

Businessman Christopher Yap and Diana Bataraw, a nursing student at the Sulu State Colleges, both expired while undergoing treatment at the hospital, Senior Insp. Kris Conrad Gutierrez, Patikul Police chief, said.

The incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. in Brgy. Gandasuli, which lies on Patikul’s boundary with Jolo.

Yap, engaged in selling car and motorbike parts, was driving his motorcycle to a friend’s home when two men on another motorcycle shot him several times, Gutierrez said in a phone interview.

The 19-year-old Bataraw, who was then waiting for a ride to school, was hit by a stray bullet on the chest, Gutierrez said.

Investigators have yet to determine the assailants’ identities and motive as of this writing, he said.

A police report, meanwhile, indicated that the attack was in retaliation for Yap’s refusal to give in to an armed group’s extortion demands.

In December 2011, Yap allegedly recieved a letter from an unidentified group demanding P2 million, according to the report. (John Roson)

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Authorities arrested an alleged Abu Sayyaf member wanted for kidnappings in Sulu and Basilan during an operation in Isabela City Thursday, police said.

Jumli Orie Manjuri was arrested around 12 noon in Brgy. Cabunbata, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, head of the PNP Police-Community Relations Group, said.

Members of the PNP 5th Special Action Battalion, Anti-Kidnapping Group, 9th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (9th RCIDU), and Air Force carried out the operation on warrants issued by courts in Sulu and Basilan, Cruz said.

Manjuri, who uses the alias Salam Jumli, is facing charges of kidnapping with frustrated murder at the Jolo Regional Trial Court Branch 3, as well as kidnapping and serious illegal detention at the Isabela City RTC Branch 1, the police official said.

The suspect was brought to the 9th RCIDU headquarters in Camp Batalla, Zamboanga City, before being turned over to the courts, Cruz said. (John Roson)

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