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Tausug trader freed by Abu Sayyaf after a year of captivity

/ 06:32 PM July 06, 2016

ZAMBOANGA CITY—A Tausug trader was freed by his Abu Sayyaf abductors on Wednesday morning, after almost a year of captivity.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, said Araji Maani, a money-lending businessman, was freed in the village of Wanih Piyanjihan in Parang, Sulu.

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Maani was kidnapped here on July 27 last year.

Tan could not say if ransom was paid for his release.

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Maani was abducted by an Abu Sayyaf sub-group led by a certain Sibih Pisih.

On Tuesday night, members of the Army’s 35th Infantry Battalion clashed with suspected Abu Sayyaf members in the village of Maligay in Patikul town.

The five-minute encounter left an Abu Sayyaf member dead.

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TAGS: 35th Infantry Battalion, abu sayyaf, Araji Maani, Filemon Tan Jr., Kidnapping, Maligay, Parang, Patikul, Sibih Pisih, Sulu, Wanih Piyanjihan, Western Mindanao Command
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