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Ministry reunites four Indonesian hostages with families after rescue from Abu Sayyaf militants

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, April 6, 2021   /  05:27 pm
Ministry reunites four Indonesian hostages with families after rescue from Abu Sayyaf militants A maritime security boat patrols the seas off the northern Malaysian state of Sabah in this undated file photo. (The Star/-)

The Foreign Ministry reunited four Indonesian fishermen with their families on Monday after Philippine troops rescued them last month from the Abu Sayyaf group, which had held them hostage for 427 days in the southern Philippines. “This is the result of collaboration between all elements working together. Thus, I would like to thank [all] those who helped in the rescue, especially to the personnel of the TNI [Indonesian Military] and BIN [State Intelligence Agency],” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told a virtual press conference on April 5, following a ceremony in Jakarta to return the fishermen to their families. Retno also expressed appreciation for the Philippine government’s efforts, particularly the Western Mindanao Command that “cooperated in rescuing” the Indonesian hostages. Arsad Bin Dahlan, 41, Arizal Kasta Miran, 30, Andi Riswanti, 26, an...