Indian escapes Abu Sayyaf while bandits cooked meal

Posted at 08/10/2012 11:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A cooking break became the perfect opportunity for an Indian national to escape the clutches of the Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group after a year in captivity in the hinterlands of Patikul, Sulu.

Senior Superintendent Antonio Freyra, Sulu police provincial director, confirmed Indian national Biju Kolara Veetil, 36, escaped the Abu Sayyaf Friday morning.

Veetil, who married a Filipino, was abducted by the Abu Sayyaf last June 22, 2011 while he was visiting his mother-in-law in Patikul. Earlier reports said the Indian had already  been killed by the bandits.

The kidnap victim said he escaped the bandits while they were busy cooking a meal. He said he walked out of the Abu Sayyaf lair until he met some residents who brought him to police.

Authorities said the Indian is now undergoing medical check-up and stress debriefing.