Abu Sayyaf release 2 Indonesian fishermen

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 20, 2018

They were reportedly kept in the remote jungles of Sulu.

Two Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in waters off Sabah, Malaysia more than a year ago have been released by the militant group.

Released were La Utu Bin La Raali and La Hadi La Edi, both Indonesians and skippers of Malaysian-registered fishing boats.

Reports from the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) disclosed that the survivors were escorted by unidentified "emissaries" to the house of former Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan Sr.at Barangay Asturias, Jolo about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The ex-governor called the police who picked up the two.

The Abu Sayyaf is notorious for kidnappings, beheadings and deadly bombings. From there, they will return to Indonesia after obtaining exit clearance from Philippine immigration authorities.

Indonesian embassy officials could not be contacted for comment.

Abu Sayyaf members were among the Muslim armed groups who rampaged through the southern city of Marawi in May, resulting in a five-month long battle that left more than a thousand dead.

In another incident in the southern Philippines, about 10 Muslim extremists clashed with soldiers before dawn Saturday, the military said.

There was no confirmation of casualties on either side but troops later recovered grenades, rockets and a black IS flag.

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