11 people kidnapped in Basilan

A GROUP of 10 heavily armed men have abducted over the weekend eleven persons in a remote fishing village in Basilan, which police says could be part of an on-going family fued, reports said Tuesday.

Reports reaching Camp Crame, the police national headquarters in Manila, said the 11 persons were abducted by the gunmen at around 4pm last Saturday in Sitio Layohan in Brgy. Matata, Ungkaya Pukan town.

Although the incident took place last Saturday, the incident was only known to the police late Monday afternoon after the former mayor of Ungkaya Pukan town called the police and reported the said incident.

The victims had just come from a fishing trip when they were siezed by the gunmen led by a certain Commander Puwi Ambali, reports said.

The victims were identified Ummal Tahil, Danny Aukasa, Pandemeng Jamil, Dayson Dalis, Samboy Kuhapoh, Haymi Taugung, Pikal Bono, Faisal Aukasa, Rolly Dalis, Tolloh Kuhapoh and Hamja Tahil.

Police says the abduction could be an off-shoot of a family fued as the suspects were demanding firearms and cash for the safe release of the victims.  Anthony Vargas

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