Military airstrikes in Sulu to endanger hostages’ lives

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COTABATO CITY, Philippines/04 February 2012—The Philippine military’s bombing operations in Sulu is likely to endanger the lives of the two European hostages in Tawi-Tawi and the Australian kidnap victim whose specific location is not yet known.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) spokesman Von Al Haq said this move by the military is likely to anger the leaders of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), whose leadership In Sulu have been reported as victims of the bombing operations.  “Retaliation is an option to most of them, but we are crossing fingers for them not to do that,” he said.

Early this week, the ASG in Tawi-Tawi abducted two foreigners, Dutchman Ewold Horn, and Swiss Lorenzo Vinciguerra, who were then on a visit to Panglima Sugala town for some bird-watching activity, police authorities from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Tawi-Tawi said.  A third hostage, Filipino wildlife photographer Ivan Sarenas of Davao City, managed to escape somewhere off the coast of Languyan Island, also in Tawi-Tawi province.  On 5 December, Warren Richard Rodwell of Australia was kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay province, but authorities declared that they have no confirmed information on his specific location, whether he is still within Zamboanga Sibugay territory or has been transported by his abductors to nearby Basilan Island.

But Zamboanga Sibugay Rommel Jalosjos, addressing the Defense Press Corps at Western Mindanao Command said, “There is ‘news blackout’ because there is no information update to talk about.”  (TPSA)

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