KUALA LUMPUR – The sound of gunshots made it all seem like a war in progress to
the kidnap victims of the Abu Sayyaf militant group after they were rescued by
the Philippine security forces last Sunday.
Reliving those anxious moments, Jumadil Rahim, 24, said he was unaware that
he and the other kidnap victims were being rescued as he was asleep.
“We were not aware about what happened but when we woke up, we could hear
gunshots…but we did not know if they were fighting or not,” he told reporters
Recounting the moments when he was first kidnapped, Jumadil said it happened
at 8.45am when the kidnappers pointed a rifle at them and seized their
Jumadil, who said he was still traumatised by the incident said they were
taken to an unknown island where they arrived about 2pm before being moved to
another island at dusk.
“They (the kidnappers) looked scary, they wore masks and had long hair,” he
Earlier, Jumadil and two other kidnap victims, Fandy Bakaran, 27, and Mohd
Ridzuan Ismail, 33 , as well as their families met Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Najib Tun Razak at his residence here.
The three were rescued in an operation in Panglima Estino, Philippines at
11.30pm on Sunday.
Also rescued in the operation were Abdul Rahim Summas, 62, and Tayudin
They were crew in a tugboat and kidnapped by a group of armed men on July 18