ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Suspected members of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf abducted six health workers in Sulu, a police official said Tuesday.
Director Felicisimo Khu, chief of the Philippine National Police directorate for integrated police operations in Western Mindanao, named one of the victims as Roselyn Kiram, formerly married to a Christian.
The names of the five other health workers were not immediately known.
Khu said the six were snatched around 3:15 p.m. last Sunday shortly after they were flagged down at Liang village in Patikul town.
"Intelligence report states that ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) member Minok Sappari led the abductors," said Khu.
He added the suspects fled towards Tugas village, also in Patikul town.
Khu said security forces "initiated hot pursuit operations." (VR/Sunnex)