Philippine troops on Monday rescued a British man and his Filipino wife who were abducted from a southern beach resort last month by gunmen linked to ISIS and taken to their jungle hideouts.
Regional military commander Lt Gen Cirilito Sobejana said troops caught up with the Abu Sayyaf captors of Allan Hyrons and his wife, Wilma, in the mountainous hinterlands of Parang town in Sulu province and rescued the couple after a fight.
“There was a running gun battle,” Sobejana said. “They left the two behind because they could not drag them any more. They scampered in different directions but our troops are in pursuit.”
The Hyrons were not hurt in the 10-minute exchange of fire, the military said, adding that no ransom had been paid to the group.
A picture released by the military showed the couple smiling in a military camp and talking with generals and other army officers in Sulu.
Sobejana said the couple will undergo a medical checkup and be interviewed by military officials.
Gunmen abducted the couple last month as some villagers watched in shock from their beach resort in southern Zamboanga del Norte province, sparking a massive search.
The couple also owned a college in Zamboanga del Norte’s Tukuran town, where they had lived for many years.