3 Indonesian captives released by Abu Sayyaf
MANILA, Philippines – Two days after the release of Norwegian captive Kjartan Sekkingstad, 3 Indonesians taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf were released Sunday, September 18, initial reports said.
The hostages were released early morning Sunday in Indanan, Sulu, after negotiations between the captors and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The release was facilitated by the group led by MNLF Commander Tahil Sali.
The released captives were identified as Lorence Koten, Theorus Kopong, and Emanuel Arakain.
The 3 former captives, who were allegedly kidnapped last July 19 in Lahad Datu, Sabah by the bandits, are now reportedly with the MNLF in Indanan, Sulu.
However, Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, in an interview on ANC, said the military has yet to get word from its unit in Sulu for confirmation.
On Friday, Sekkingstad was released by the Abu Sayyaf bandits, reportedly after the payment of ransom. He is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on Sunday. – Rappler.com