CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Unidentified gunmen snatched 4 people, including two minors, in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region, the army said Thursday.
Major Richard Enciso, a spokesman for the 1stInfantry Division, said security forces were searching for the victims – two adults and a pair of Muslim students whose ages are 12 and 14.
They were seized by 5 gunmen near Dansalan College Foundation in the village of Marinaut. The abductors fled with their victims in a car.
Enciso said one witness told the police “the suspects were carrying firearms and wearing face masks.”
Brigadier General Rolando Joselito Bautista, the division commander, appealed to the public for any information on the abductions. “We are again calling our partner agencies, stakeholders and constituents to help us and support our endeavor to locate and rescue the said kidnap victims and stop these terroristic acts that create fear and danger to our community,” he said.
No individual or group claimed responsibility for the abduction. (Mindanao Examiner)