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Thursday, May 12, 2016

4 Indon hostages released by Abu Sayyaf

The four remaining Indonesian hostages of the Abu Sayyaf were released Wednesday after almost a month in captivity, according to Sulu police.

A report from Sulu Provincial Police Office said the four were "dropped [off] by unidentied persons" in front of the house of Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan in Jolo.

The four were immediately brought to the Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo to undergo medical checkup.

The victims were kidnapped by seven armed men on April 15 while on board two Indonesian tugboats, TB Henry and TB Cristy, off Tawi-Tawi.

An official statement from the Indonesian foreign ministry said the four crew members were on their way to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo from Cebu province.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo later called a news conference and announced the release of the hostages.

The Abu Sayyaf on May 1 released 10 Indonesians who were abducted on another incident off Tawi-Tawi on March 26.

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the victims were on their way to Batangas from Jakarta, Indonesia, on board the tugboat Brahma 12 before they were kidnapped.

The victims were also dropped off on Tan's residence when released.

AFP's Joint Task Force Zambasulta said the victims were reportedly in the hands of Al Habsi Misaya, sub-commander of Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/KBK/APG, GMA News

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