Nine people were killed and nine others wounded on Monday when 20 fully armed Islamist Abu Sayyaf extremists raided a remote village in Maluso town in Basilan province in the southern Philippines, the military and police confirmed Monday afternoon.
The terrorists, wearing camouflage uniforms, reportedly swooped down on Barangay Tubigan in the municipality of Maluso in Basilan and went on a shooting rampage at around 5:30 a.m. on Monday.
"The rescue was a result of the maximized conduct of intelligence operations and the successful airstrike mission launched by our troops on the ground", task force group commander Col. Juvymax Uy told reporters.
Military southern command chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez said the government offensives would continue "to neutralize the remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits, who are on the run now". The militants were also reported to have set fire to houses and a day care center before fleeing.
Garcia said he and his driver, who died from a head shot, were loading sawn lumber into a truck for transport at the time the gunmen arrived.
Huiqe was then brought to a military hospital in Zamboanga City where he underwent a medical check-up and debriefing.
Petinglay said the militia men "scampered to get their guns and fight the attackers".
The attack came a day after the military "rescued" another Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf in Basilan on Sunday.
The Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf is led by Isnilon Hapilon, who moved to Central Mindanao to join the ISIS-linked Maute Group that attacked Marawi City on May 23, igniting a war that continues to rage almost three months on.