Kidnap victim dies

THE Malaysian kidnap victim who was rescued by military after being shot by his captors while escaping died in the hospital the other day in Zamboanga City.

This was confirmed yesterday by AFP- Western Mindanao Command ( Westmincom) spokesperson Colonel Gerry Besana.

Besana identified the victim as Jari Bim Abdullah.

Abdullah died while being treated at West Metro Medical Center in Zamboanga City at 1:17 p.m. on April 9.

Abdullah’s death, caused by gunshot wounds inflicted by his captors during the rescue operation, was witnessed by his family, the Malaysian Consul General, and officials of the International Monitoring Team.

Accordingly, Abdullah’s family executed a waiver consenting to the removal of his life support.

It was learned that Abdullah was rescued by the Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu that engaged Abu Sayyaf militants under Najir Arik on Simusa Island last April 4.

The victim managed to escape but was shot by his captors.