Photo released by the Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade shows an abducted an eleven-year old girl shortly after troops rescue her and arrested three men (please see second picture) during a pursuit operation Thursday, January 20, 2011 in Lanao del Sur province. (Text - Mindanao Examiner)
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 20, 2011) – Government troops arrested kidnappers and rescued an eleven-year old girl hours after she was seized Thursday in the southern Philippines, officials said.
Officials said the girl, Fatima Angni, whose sister owns a restaurant, was rescued on a highway in Pantar town in Lanao del Sur province. Her captors were also arrested by soldiers, led by Lieutenant Colonel Dario Bucawit, who are members of the 64th Infantry Battalion.
The girl was abducted in her sister’s restaurant in Iligan City shortly before 11 a.m. and had been reported to the military.
Troops had been deployed to pursue the abductors who fled on a get away car until they were intercepted at an army checkpoint in the village of Kalanganan, said Second Lieutenant Mayleen Sagadraca, a spokeswoman for the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade.
“With the revelations of the victim, the police and military are in the process of pursuing the ongoing investigation of the kidnappers for filing of appropriate charges,” she said.
“The safe recovery of the victim is a result of the accurate and timely information relayed by the complainant and the immediate action undertaken by both the military and the police. Checkpoints were immediately established along the stretch of national highway from Pantar to Marawi City as soon as the information was received by us,” the spokeswoman said.
It was not immediately known whether the abductors have links or members of any rebel group operating in the province. (Mindanao Examiner)