ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Abu Sayyaf group executed one of its remaining Vietnamese captives in a Sulu village, authorities said.
Troops recovered the bullet-riddled body believed to be that of Tran Khac Dung alias Tran Viet Van in the village of Buhanginan in Patikul, Sulu last July 8.
Reports from Sulu disclosed that the body was recovered hours after troops clashed with the Abu Sayyaf group. It could not be ascertained, however, if the victim was killed during the encounter.
The Joint Task Force Sulu turned over the remains to the police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group last Monday for proper disposition.
The Abu Sayyaf group last week beheaded Vietnamese nationals Hoang Trung Thong and Hoang Van Vai in Barangay Tumahubong in Sumisip, Basilan.
The three victims were among the six Vietnamese sailors seized from the cargo vessel M/V Royal 16 last Nov. 11, 2016 in the vicinity of Sibagu Island, Basilan.
One of their companions, Hoang Vo, 28, was rescued late last month after he escaped at the height of the military operations in the vicinity of Sitio Kumonal, Sampinit Complex in Sumisip.
The two remaining captives from M/V Royal 16 are Pham Minh Tuan and Do Trung Hieu.
The military is also rescuing six other Vietnamese crew members of M/V Giang Hai that was hijacked last February some 17 nautical miles off Pearl Bank and near the vicinity of Taganak Island. The six were brought to Sulu as captives.