The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) on Friday announced nine fishermen who were kidnapped in the waters of Lahad Datu in Sabah, Malaysia, a police official said on Sunday.
Philippine National Police spokesman Colonel Bernard Banac identified the victims released from the kidnapping as Mohammad Jumdatul Harun, 42; Abdulnarar Akmad Mohammad, 33; Osri Harun Hudjaima, 13; Kasim Ablayan, 16; Samsol Dungun Asmann, 20; Adzmar Aminosa Sinnung, 26; Gun Abdillah Supian, 29; Amil Pulalun, 28; and Simal Aharol 26, all Tausug and Badjao.
Banac said the staff of the Talipao Municipal Police Station (MPS) located and rescued the victims who were walking along the side of the road.
"So the victims were forcibly taken by ASG members, but they were released later because they did not have the money to give in return for their release," Banac said.
The victims were taken to the Municipal District of Talipao for proper disposal.
Banac said the victims were taken by ASG members while fishing in the waters of Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia, on June 18 at 2:45 p.m. (SunStar Philippines)