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    Phl troops recover kidnapped filmmakers

    TWO Filipino-Algerian filmmakers kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits almost eight months ago in the island province of Sulu in Southern Philippines have been recovered, a top military official announced Friday.
    Speaking for the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincon), Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero said the Bansil sisters --- Nadjoua and Linda – were recovered around 4:50 p.m. Thursday at Sitio Kantatang, Buhanginan Village, Patikul, Sulu.
    Guerrero said the troops safely recovered the Bansil sisters after they managed to escape from the clutches of the Abu Sayyaf bandits.
    He said the Bansil sisters were able to escape due to pressure brought about by the intensified pursuit operation launched by military and police forces in collaboration with the provincial government of Sulu.
    “The Bansil sisters were immediately brought to a military hospital for medical examination,” Guerrero told reporters.
    He said they were brought to Zamboanga City and were expected to be flown to Manila anytime on Friday.
    The Bansil sisters were seized by the Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Aljini Mundoc alias Ninok Sapari on June 22, 2013 at Sitio Buanoh, Liang Village, Patikul, Sulu.
    The two sisters were in Sulu as that time to shoot a film being independent filmmakers.
    Guerrero also revealed that the joint military and police forces in Sulu are continuously pursuing the Abu Sayyaf bandits.
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