Philippine military officials have confirmed that four Malaysian tug crewmembers held by the Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf have been freed.
Major Filemon Tan said that the crewmembers, Wong Teck Kang, Wong Teck Chii, Johnny Lau Jung Hien and Wong Hung Sing, were released early Wednesday on Jolo Island in the Philippine province of Sulu. They were taken by boat to the port of Sandakan, Malaysia.
Philippine military sources would not confirm whether a ransom was paid, nor any amount, but Abu Sayyaf had initially demanded $4.5 million for the men’s release.
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