4 Malaysian kidnap victims released by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The 4 Malaysian nationals who were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in April were reportedly released by the group early Wednesday morning, June 8, in Sulu.

Based on a report by the military's Western Mindanao Command, kidnap victims Wong Teck Chii, Johnny Lau Jung Hien, Wong Teck Kang, and Wong Hung Sing were brought to the shoreline of Barangay Lagasan Higat in Parang, Sulu. They immediately boarded a speedboat en route to Sandakan, Sabah.

The victims who were aboard Tugboat Massive 6 when they were abducted by the Abu Sayyaf – believed to be led by sub-leader Madjan Sahidjuan, alias Apuh Mike – off the high seas of Sempornah, Sabah, on April 1. 

According to information received from Wesmincom's ground units, the freed victims arrived in Sandakan at about 6 am Wednesday.

"We have yet to confirm whether ransom money was paid in exchange for the safe release of the victims," the Wesmincom said. Rappler.com