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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