Two Malaysian nationals held captive by Abu Sayyaf Group, freed

ZAMBOANGA — The Philippine Marines has rescued two of the five Malaysian nationals abducted by the Abu Sayaff last year.

The AFP West Mindanao Command said the two hostages were rescued through the efforts of the combined elements of the Philippine Marines in Kalinggalang Caluang, Sulu at 2 a.m. on Thursday.

They were identified as Tayudin Anjut, 45 years old and Abdurahim Bin Sumas, 62 years old.

The two were part of a five-member crew of tugboat Serudung 3 which was abducted in Dent Haven, Tambisan, Lahad Datu, Sabah last July 19, 2016.

Three of their crew members are still being held captive by the bandit group.

AFP emphasized that no ransom was involved in the release of the Malaysian kidnap victims.

The victims will be turned over to Malaysian authorities in the following days. — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

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