Abu Sayyaf mil­i­tants free two In­done­sians

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Abu Sayyaf gun­men have freed two In­done­sian tug­boat crew­men kid­napped by the ran­som-seek­ing mil­i­tants six months ago and held in the jun­gles of the south­ern Philip­pines, the mil­i­tary said yes­ter­day. Re­gional mil­i­tary spokesman Maj. File­mon Tan said the mil­i­tants re­leased Mo­ham­mad Nazer and Robin Peter to a rebel com­man­der be­long­ing to the Moro Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Front near Sulu prov­ince’s In­danan town amid pres­sure from mil­i­tary as­saults. The Moro rebel front is en­gaged in peace talks with the gov­ern­ment and of­ten acts as an in­ter­me­di­ary for the re­lease of Abu Sayyaf hostages. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if a ran­som was paid. The two hostages were ab­ducted from a tug­boat off Sulu’s Simisa Is­land in June and taken to the Abu Sayyaf’s jungle camps. Af­ter be­ing freed, the cap­tives were handed over to Sulu of­fi­cials yes­ter­day and then taken to a mil­i­tary trauma hospi­tal for a checkup.

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