Armed men abduct village chief in Sulu

MANILA, Philippines – A village chairman was abducted by unidentified armed men in a remote village in Sulu on late Tuesday afternoon, police reports said Thursday.

Reports reaching Camp Crame named the latest abduction victim in Sulu as Rodima Tingkahan, 35 years old and chairman of Barangay Poblacion in Parang town.

Reports said that Tingkahan was on board his vehicle when it was flagged down by 12 armed men at around 2 pm Tuesday in Brgy. Sapah Malaum in Indanan, Sulu.

The village chairman was forcibly taken by the armed men and fled towards unknown direction, reports said.

The reports added that elements of the Indanan Municipal Police are conducting intelligence monitoring and information gathering to locate the victim.

Sulu province is home of several extremists and Moro rebel groups blamed for past bombing and kidnapping incident in the region.

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