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Kidnapped Muslim teacher released in Sulu

SULU – Kidnappers have released a school principal after her family paid ransom in exchange for her freedom in Sulu province in southern Philippines.

Marjorie Abdul, who was seized on Thursday inside the Liang Elementary School in Patikul town, has been reunited with her family Friday.

It was unknown how much ransom her family had paid to the kidnappers, who are believed to be allied with the Abu Sayyaf. At least five gunmen barged into the school and dragged Abdul to a waiting vehicle.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the latest abduction. The military’s Western Mindanao Command did not release any statement on Abdul’s release.

Just this week, kidnappers also freed another Muslim teacher, Doris Hamsirani, who was recovered in Liang village, also in Patikul town.

The teacher was snatched on March 7 in Timbangan village in Indanan town, but details surrounding her abduction were unclear. It was unknown whether her family paid ransom or not, or whether the Abu Sayyaf or other group was behind her abduction. Police provided no other details.

The Abu Sayyaf is still holding over a dozen hostages, mostly foreign sailors, in the troubled region. (Mindanao Examiner)


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