Three kidnapped fishermen ‘freed by Abu Sayyaf’


PETALING JAYA: Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippines are reported to have freed three Indonesians kidnapped from a Malaysian fishing boat off Lahad Datu in eastern Sabah more than a month ago.

They were freed on Saturday to the Moro Liberation Front and they were now with Moro chairman Nur Misuari, according to a news report.

The three men were named as Lorence Koten, 34, Teodorus Kopong, 42, and Emanuel, 46. They are expected to be handed over to the Indonesian government representatives in Jolo.

The three men were abducted on July 9 while fishing about 3.6 nautical miles off Kampung Sinakut near Lahad Datu.

Five Malaysian tugboat crewmen were abducted a week later. They are believed to be safe while still in the hands of their captors, also believed to be with Abu Sayyaf.