Suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf abducted the 7-year-old son of a municipal treasurer in Jolo, Sulu, on Tuesday, the military said Wednesday.

Eljon Marzo, son of Maimbung town treasurer Jun Marzo, was abducted outside the family’s home in Brgy. Asturias around 5 p.m., Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Capt. Maria Rowena Muyuela said.

Eljon was playing when two suspected Abu Sayyaf members forcibly took the boy on a motorcycle, then fled with him towards Brgy. Anuling, Muyuela said in an emailed statement.

Soldiers and policemen are now tracking down the abductors, of whom one has been identified as Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Namyel Ahajari alias Gapas, Muyuela said. (John Roson)

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