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Abu Sayyaf demands P100M ransom for Malaysian sailors

Roel Pareño - Philstar.com
Abu Sayyaf demands P100M ransom for Malaysian sailors

News reports from Malaysia said that the Abu Sayyaf is directly contacting the families or employers of the victims to negotiate the ransom. File

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Abu Sayyaf demanded 8.8 million in Malaysian ringgit or roughly P100 million as ransom for five Malaysian sailors held captive for more than five months now in Sulu.
 
The victims Tayudin Anjut, 45; Mohammad Ridzuan Bin Ismail, 32; Abdul Rahim Bin Summas, 62; Fandy Bin Bakran, 26; and Zulkipli Bin Ali are the crew of Tugboat Serudung 3, They were abducted last July 19 off the waters of Dent Haven, Tambisan, Lahad Datu, Sabah.
 
News reports from Malaysia said that the Abu Sayyaf is directly contacting the families or employers of the victims to negotiate the ransom.
 
The Abu Sayyaf rejected intermediaries as it delayed negotiations on the ransom for the release of the victims.
 
The Philippine military said it cannot confirm the reported ransom demand but noted that it could be the requested amount as the terror group directly negotiates with the victim’s family.
 
Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), however, said that ground forces are exhausting all efforts to recover all the hostages still in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf.
 
Tan said that aside from the five Malaysian hostages, the terror group has been holding captive a Dutch, a German, a Korean, four Indonesians, six Vietnamese and five locals.
 
He said relentless operations would continue even during the holiday season.

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