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Abu Sayyaf bandits take 10 construction workers

Ten crew members of a construction company undertaking government projects were taken by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group at the outskirts of Sumisip, Basilan on Monday morning.

Initial military reports said the incident occurred at Barangay Upper Benembengan, Sumisip while the victims were on board a water tank at around 8:45 a.m. Some reports place the abduction much later, at 9:20 a.m.

Superintendent Oscar Nantes, provincial police director, identified the workers as Nasser Jallaha, Merhusin Ubbay, Mustapha Gapul, Abukaisir Nasilin, Jaya Abdulla, Johan Sarao, Nadzhar Garbon, Alsibar Jauhari, Margani Alpha and truck driver Munib Sadidul.

They were employees of MACE Construction Co. working on roads and bridges for the government.

There were reportedly two other crew members on the truck but they were able to escape, and reported the incident to police and military personnel at a nearby checkpoint.

Nantes said the bandits were led by Juhaibel Alamsirul alias Abu Kik, whose group is behind several atrocities in Sumisip town.

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