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Second Indonesian Escapes Abu Sayyaf Kidnappers

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MANILA: The military has found a second Indonesia kidnap victim who escaped his Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said Thursday.

Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Filemon Tan said the kidnap victim identified himself as Ismail, chief officer of the tugboat “Charles.”

Ismail was one of seven tugboat crew men abducted by the Abu Sayyaf in the waters of Tawi-Tawi last June 22.

“Military troops were scouring the area looking for other Indonesian hostages when they found Ismail who identified himself to the military as a kidnap victim,” Tan said.

Ismail is with Joint Task Force Sulu for medical check-up and will be turned over to Indonesian authorities as soon as possible.

On Wednesday morning, another Indonesian captive, Mohammad Safyan, was found off the shores of Luuk town in Sulu after escaping from the Abu Sayyaf. – Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network

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