Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sayyaf militants bolt Basilan jail

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 24, 2008) - Three Abu Sayyaf prisoners escaped from the provincial jail Wednesday after overpowering their guards in the southern Filipino island of Basilan, officials said.

Police forces backed by marine soldiers were sent to hunt down the three militants, who were all implicated in the beheading of 10 soldiers in firefight in Basilan’s Al-Barka town in July last year.

“There is an ongoing operation to recapture those who escaped from the jail,” said Lt. Steffani Cacho, a military spokeswoman.

The prisoners were outside their cells at around 9.45 a.m. when they grabbed the weapons of two guards and overpowered them.

It was not the first time that prisoners escaped from the provincial jail in Isabela City’s Sumagdang village.

In July last year, at least 16 hardened criminals, including four Abu Sayyaf militants, escaped from the prison after destroying the windows of their cell.

In April 2004, at least 53 prisoners, among them 19 Abu Sayyaf members, escaped from the provincial jail after a visitor smuggled a gun used in overpowering three guards. Eight of the escapees were killed and nine recaptured by responding soldiers and policemen.
(Mindanao Examiner)

1 comment:

SOLYMONE said...

It is like a wonder to share information from a place far-far away like yours.
How sad it is, that Philippine has to confront with all this seemingly everlasting problem. As such, it is indirectly affect us in Malaysia. Especially my country Sabah.
As you know we facing with continuous illegal immigrants problem from your country and other countries as well.
As it is, and being familiar with your country; it is regrettably that a beautiful country like yours has to be burdened with all this unwarranted human suffering in a making.
I had so much stories about this indispensible Abu Sayyaf. Most of them horrible and misunderstood.
However from downunder and beyond, I guess they must have reason to fight . As a neighbour, I pray and hope one day peace will descend from the frontier of heaven to your country.