PETALING JAYA: The four Sarawakian sailors kidnapped off Pulau Ligitan in Sabah on April 1 have been freed by their Abu Sayyaf captors.
The four returned to Sandakan, Sabah, early Wednesday.
Reports from Jolo indicated that Malaysian and Filipino negotiators managed to secure the fourâ€™s release from the militant group after several rounds of negotiation.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun when contacted declined to comment on the matter.
The four – brothers Wong Teck Kang, 31, and Wong Teck Chii, 29, their cousin, Johnny Lau Jung Hien, 21, and Wong Hung Sing, 34, who isnâ€™t a relative â€“ were crew of a tugboat returning to Sarawak from the Philippines when they were seized.
Their captors reportedly demanded an RM18mil ransom for their release.
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