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WestMinCom chief expresses sympathy over kidnapping of a child in Tawi-Tawi


The Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) Armed Forces chief on Wednesday expressed sympathy over the kidnapping of a child by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Tawi-Tawi.

Radsnalyn Asta, a six-year-old girl was forcibly taken by seven armed men in their residence at Sitio Palau Pinang, Barangay Himba, Tandubas, Tawi-Tawi in the wee hours of June 25, 2018.

"We deeply sympathize with the family of the victim in the situation that they are in at the moment. Our troops and the police forces are doing their best to bring Radsnalyn back to her family," Gen. Dela Vega said in a statement.

Government troops are still groping in the dark about the exact whereabouts of Radznalyn. However, the combined elements of the AFP and the PNP conducted joint law enforcement operation in Sulu at around 5:50a.m to rescue the child, but to no avail.

Lt. Col. Gerry Besanas, WestMinCom spokesoerson,  said the kidnappers and Radznalyn Asta were sighted at Sitio Kambal, Barangay Pang, Kalingalang Caluang, Sulu, prompting abcombined units under the Joint Task Force Sulu composed of the Marine Base Landing Team 1 led by Major Orantes; 61st Marine Company, Marine Special Operations Group; intelligence units; and together with the elements of the 52nd Special Action Company of the PNP Special Action Force, to launch a rescue operation.

But the abductors together with their victim fled to unknown direction leaving behind three high powered firearms and war materials which includes: one M16 with banana type magazine, two M14 rifle with 3 magazines, and assorted military/police uniforms.

Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said intensified pursuit and intelligence operations are continuously being launched by our troops and the PNP to track down the abductors and rescue the victim.

"Navy troops maximized intel monitoring and alerted the Naval Task Groups in all areas to pre-empt possible landing of the fleeing bandits and rescue the child." Hader Glang

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