Sulu, Philippines infamous as one of terrorist Abu Sayyaf group's operation area has been again on the limelight as usually have been due by kidnapping incidents, this time apparently of a missing foreign journalist.
Baker Abdulla Atyanni, Al-Arabiya's TV Bureau Chief for South East Asia who has interviewed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been reported missing a day after its arrival on the province. Reports say the journalist has not coordinated with authorities when he, along with two Filipino camera men went to the jungle to meet Yasser Igasan, the terrorist leader with the intent of an interview as part of a TV Documentary. He was to interview foreign hostages too.
Unverified reports say, the Abu Sayyaf is claiming ransom for their release.
Filipino crew men Rolando Letrero, 22, and Ramelito Vela, 39, went missing with the Arab journalist after they have not coordinated with authorities and have not regarded protocol of having military escorts and left unaccounted for apparently for the TV Documentary objective.
June 18, 6 days after but no hint yet of the mysterious disappearance . The puzzle is, where is Baker Atyanni? It was thought of as tainted with underlying intent in connection to the Abu Sayyaf. Was Atyanni under terrorists restraint or was it an attempt for some discreet transactions?
He spoke with the Al Qaeda leader 3 months prior to the 9/11 terrorist attack.
June 19, Philippine gov't confirmed that they are under Abu Sayyaf custody but no report yet on the kidnapping aspect.
June 20, Atyanni is being suspected as an Abu Sayyaf associate-accomplice.
LATEST UPDATE: It is known that he went to the jungle for the interview of two foreign hostages in a pay-off/release. Atyanni was said as having freedom around the ASG territory including inside the MILF camp.