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Two sailors’ safe release in process: Defense minister

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 11, 2016   /  06:07 am
Two sailors’ safe release in process: Defense minister Activists from the Alliance of Patriotic Community protest in front of the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta on Aug. 1. They demanded that the government carry out efforts to secure the release of Indonesian sailors taken hostage by Philippine militant group Abu Sayyaf. (Tempo/Imam Sukamto)

The government vowed on Monday to continue diplomatic efforts to secure the release of the remaining two Indonesian sailors held captive by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines. 

“The two men are in the process of being released,” Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu told reporters at the House of Representatives, Jakarta.

The two Indonesians still in the hands of Abu Sayyaf are identified as Robin Peter and M. Nasir, crew members of tugboat Charles. They were taken hostage by the bandits seeking ransom on June 21.

Ryamizard ensured the two hostages were in good health and reiterated that the government was committed to their safe release. 

He referred to Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, and Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo for more information. 

On Oct. 1, Abu Sayyaf freed another three sailors of the same group. They were Ferry Arifin, M. Mahbur Dahlan and Edi Suryono. (win)

 

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