Ab­ducted In­done­sian fish­er­men re­leased

The Straits Times - - WORLD -

JOLO (The Philip­pines) Three In­done­sian fish­er­men held hostage by mem­bers of an Is­lamist kid­nap-for-ran­som group have been freed, 18 months af­ter they were ab­ducted off the south­ern Philip­pines, the mil­i­tary said yes­ter­day.

The men were on board a speed­boat when they were kid­napped in Jan­uary last year, off the south­ern­most is­land group of Tawi-Tawi, which, along with the nearby Sulu ar­chi­pel­ago, is the haunt of Abu Sayyaf mil­i­tants.

The In­done­sians were re­leased in the town of In­danan in Sulu last Satur­day, and turned over to the au­thor­i­ties af­ter in­ten­si­fied mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against the Abu Sayyaf, an army spokesman said, with­out giv­ing de­tails.

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