MANILA Philippine troops have rescued three Malaysians held captive by Abu Sayyaf rebels, the military services mentioned on Monday, the next these types of operation in 4 times as security forces action up offensives in opposition to the notorious Islamist group.
The three gentlemen have been kidnapped from a ship eight months back, and their rescue implies no other Malaysians are presently held hostage as two many others have been rescued at sea previous week.
The military services mentioned the three Malaysians have been rescued on Jolo island in the southern Philippines on Sunday but gave no specifics of the operation.
Abu Sayyaf has its roots in separatism and but engages primarily in banditry. It has confirmed a formidable opponent for the Philippine military services, with its compact, agile and well-outfitted community entrenched in the jungles of two southern islands, from which they prey on gradual cargo boats.
It has acquired a track record as one particular of the world’s most brutal teams, providing on its claims to behead hostages for whom ransom is not paid out before a deadline. Amongst its victims in the previous eight months was a German and two Canadians.
Netherlands, Indonesian, Filipino and Japanese citizens are between all those however held.
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lately described Abu Sayyaf’s kidnappings as a national humiliation.
The govt is anxious hardliners in the group have been in contact with extremists in the Center East with a watch to environment up Islamic Condition cells in the restive south of the wide archipelago country.
(Reporting by Martin Petty Enhancing by Simon Cameron-Moore)