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Kidnapped ship engineer rescued

The military Tuesday said that the Roro 9 tugboat chief engineer kidnap last week has been rescued by the military, police and local government in Basilan on Monday night.

Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) Spokeswoman Captain Jo-Ann D. Petinglay said four days of unrelenting, intensive, and extensive operation by members of Joint Task Force Basilan, the local government and local police pressured the Abu Sayaff Group (ASG) to release kidnap victim Laurencio Tiro.

Petinglay said Tiro, Chief Engineer of Supershuttle Roro 9 Tugboat, was rescued and recovered at the shoreline of Sitio Sasa, Barangay Basakan, Hadji Mohammad Ajul (HMA), Basilan Monday night.

Tiro was kidnapped along with Aurelio Agac-ac, the Boat Captain of Super Shuttle T/B 1 under the Asian Marine Transport who was also rescued earlier. (Francis T. Wakefield)