By Julie S. Alipala (Inquirer Mindanao)
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Swiss national Lorenzo Vinciguerra, one of two European birdwatchers the Abu Sayyaf kidnapped more than two years ago, escaped from captivity by taking advantage of a military strike against his captors in Patikul, Sulu, and apparently even killing one of them Saturday morning.
At the height of the explosions and as government troops were advancing on an Abu Sayyaf lair in Barangay Timpook, Vinciguerra grabbed the machete of his guard, Juhuri Hussin, according to Col. Alan Arrojado, commander of Joint Task Group Sulu.
“The two grappled for the machete. He was injured by the blade on the cheek. He managed to wrestle it and hacked Hussin on the neck. Apparently, (Vinciguerra) killed him,” Arrojado said in a telephone interview.
He said Vinciguerra then yelled at Ewold Horn, his Dutch companion, to run but the latter was “very sick and very weak.”
Vinciguerra and Horn were taken captive by a band of Abu Sayyaf bandits as they sailed back to Bongao in Tawi-Tawi on February 1, 2012.
“He dashed while other bandits were shooting at him,” Arrojado said, adding that Vinciguerra did not suffer any bullet wound.
He said the Swiss national was being treated at Camp Bautista hospital in Jolo and “he is stable.”
“He was set to go to Manila as soon as we get a helicopter,” Arrojado said. “He is hoping that