4 Indonesian citizens held hostage in Philippines freed

(From AP)

Indonesia’s president says four citizens held hostage in southern Philippines by the same militant group connected to the death of Canadian John Ridsdel have been released.

Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group uses kidnappings for ransom to fund its activities

Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group uses kidnappings for ransom to fund its activities

Joko (Jokowi) Widodo said in a televised address that the men are under the protection of Philippine authorities and are in good condition.

They were kidnapped last month at sea by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, the third in a series of attacks on tugboats that sparked a regional maritime security alarm.

Earlier this month, Abu Sayyaf militants freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March and believed taken to a jungle camp in Sulu, a predominantly Muslim province about 950 kilometers south of the Philippine capital of Manila.

Indonesia’s government has denied it paid a ransom for the release of its citizens. Read More



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