Mil­i­tants free three hostages

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MANILA: Mil­i­tants have freed three In­done­sian men they kid­napped at sea early last year off Malaysia then brought them to their jun­gle hide­outs in the south­ern Philip­pines, of­fi­cials said. The In­done­sians were freed on Fri­day with the help of the Moro Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Front, a rebel group that signed a peace deal with the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment, in In­danan town in Sulu prov­ince, po­lice said yes­ter­day. The re­leased hostages were to be handed to the In­done­sian am­bas­sador in south­ern Zam­boanga city, the mil­i­tary said. While cruis­ing on board a speed­boat, the three were taken at gun­point by sus­pected Abu Sayyaf mil­i­tants off Malaysia’s Sabah in Jan­uary last year.

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