Abu Sayyaf frees 4 Malaysian captives in Sulu

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(File photo) The Abu Sayyaf held the Malaysian kidnap victims in Jolo, Sulu, the military said.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – The Abu Sayyaf released on Wednesday four Malaysian tugboat crew members abducted off Tawi-Tawi and Sabah two months ago, the military said.

The Malaysians were reportedly freed at a coastal barangay in Parang, Sulu, and were immediately brought by speedboat to Sandakan, Sabah, according to Maj. Felimon Tan, spokesman for the military's Western Mindanao Command.

The local media in Malaysia has reported their arrival early today. Tan said the military received information that former hostages arrived in Sandakan at around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Tan identified the victims as Wong Teck Chii, Johnny Lau Jung Hien, Wong Teck Kang, and Wong Hung Sing.

“We have yet to confirm whether ransom money was paid in exchange for the safe release of the victims,” Tan said in a statement.

The tugboat ‘Massive Six' was on its way to Malaysia on April 1 when armed men allegedly led by Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Madjan Sahidjuan (alias Apo Mike) hijacked the vessel and took the four crew members hostage, Tan said.

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