The four Sarawakian sailors kidnapped off Pulau Ligitan in Sabah on April 1 have been freed by their Abu Sayyaf captors. Meanwhile Philippine authorities have confirmed it. In a report, quoted Sulu Provincial Police director Senior Superintendent Wilfredo Cayat as confirming that the victims had been freed.
Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Major Filemon Tan Jr, meanwhile said the victims were confirmed to have been released as on Wednesday morning. Tan said intelligence units are still gathering information on when and where the Abu Sayyaf released their Malaysian captives. No additional details were offered by the police and military sources there on the release procedure, which was believed to happened before midnight on Tuesday.
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 isn’t a relative, 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.