Gunmen seize van carrying teachers
Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star) - September 4, 2014 - 1:50pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines —  Gunmen seized a van carrying public school teachers Thursday in the outskirts of Lamitan City in Basilan province.

Lamitan City acting police chief Senior Inspector Gean Gallardo said the teachers—four women and a man—were on board a passenger utility van bound for Tipo-Tipo town it was flagged down by the gunmen about 8 a.m. in Baas village.

Gallardo said the terrified passengers, who were ordered to alight from the vehicle, scampered and sought help from a nearby community.

The victims were later brought to the police for debriefing.

Authorities said the suspects apparently only aimed to take the van due to a grudge against its owner. The teachers were nonetheless secured following the incident as the Abu Sayyaf continues to attack areas in the province.

ABU SAYYAF BASILAN CITY GALLARDO GUNMEN LAMITAN CITY SENIOR INSPECTOR GEAN GALLARDO TEACHERS TIPO-TIPO VAN
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