Abu Sayyaf releases 2 more Indonesian captives

MANILA, Philippines – Two more Indonesian captives were released by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on Monday, December 12, according to the military. 

They are the last 2 remaining captives to be freed from the original 7 crew members of tugboat Charles.The group was kidnapped in June 2016 off the waters of Sulu.

The 2 released were identified as Mohammad Nazer, 62, and Robin Peter, 32.

The military said the Abu Sayyaf Group was pressured to release them because of its intensified operations in Sulu, one of the archipelagic provinces in the southernmost part of the country.

"Our combat operations pressured the Abu Sayyaf Group to immediately negotiate. The military are on a sustained manhunt operation against the ASG. They have already felt the pressure of these relentless operations. We have gained so much knowledge about them and it's just a matter of time that the force of the law will be meted upon them," said Joint Task Force Sulu commander Colonel Jesus Mananquil.

GOING HOME. The freed Indonesians are put on a military chopper and flown from Sulu. Photo from Philippine Military

GOING HOME. The freed Indonesians are put on a military chopper and flown from Sulu.

Photo from Philippine Military

They were released to Moro National Liberation Front commander Tahir Sali in Indanan, Sulu and then turned over to Sulu Vice Governor Nurunnisa Tan before they were handed over to Mananquil at the military headquarters in Jolo.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Major Filemon Tan said they are undergoing medical check up as of this posting, before their transport to Zamboanga City. – Rappler.com