- An Indonesian captive escaped from his Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu
- The Indonesian said he made his daring escape when the bandits guarding them fell asleep
- The Indonesian said the bandits told him he will be beheaded soon
An Indonesian sailor who was being held hostage since June this year escaped his Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu on Wednesday morning, August 17.
The Indonesian national, identified as Mohammad Sofyan, was one of the seven crew members of Tugboat Charles kidnapped last June 23. He claimed he made his daring escape when the Abu Sayyaf bandits guarding them fell asleep at 1:00 a.m.
According to Philstar, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command spokesman Major Filemon Tan said Sofyan disclosed that their captors told him he will be beheaded soon; prompting him to escape when he had the chance.
He was found entangled in fishnets by residents of the coastal village Barangay Bual in Luuk town around 7:30 a.m. He was immediately brought to the municipal police station and was later taken to the Sulu Integrated Provincial Hospital for processing and documentation before he will be turned over to his family.
Dr. Raden Ikbala, who treated Sofyan, said the Indonesian was in good health.
The Indonesian said there were two of them who escaped, but he said he did not know what happened to his companion whom he did not identify. Major Tan said efforts to locate the other escapee is ongoing.