Troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion successfully rescued the kidnapped British businessman and his Filipino wife from their ASG abductors at 8 am today (November 25, 2019) in Brgy. Kaha, Parang, Sulu.
Allan Hyrons and wife Wilma were taken by armed men at their Beach Resort, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur last October 4.
The main body of the ASG was forced to hide the kidnapped victims with minimum number of guards to avoid detection after the series of armed confrontations with the government forces.
“They were unaware that we are monitoring and have anticipated their actions,” said Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr, Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu.
The rescued couple were brought to the Company Post of the Special Forces Battalion in Brgy. Kanaway, Parang Sulu for debriefing and interview.
“The abductors were driven to designated constriction area through the collective efforts of operationally controlled units of 11ID as the concurrent integrator of AFP operations in Sulu. Our troops were able to close in on the Abu Sayyaf Group and engaged them in a 20 minute firefight. Overwhelmed by our forces they withdrew from the site, allowing our soldiers to rescue the couple. Our unrelenting efforts to flush out these terrorists allowed our troops to pinpoint the location of the enemy and finally free the kidnap victims,” Major General Vinluan further elaborated. PHILIPPINE ARMY