MANILA—The Abu Sayyaf group on Tuesday released the Indonesian citizen abducted off waters in nearby Sabah, Malaysia in September.
Lt. Colonel Gerry Besana, spokesperson for the Western Mindanao Command, confirmed the information, saying that the Indonesian national immediately underwent a debriefing and a medical check-up at a military hospital in Sulu hours after his safe release.
A source said Samsul Saguni was then turned over by former Sulu governor Sakur Tan to Lt. Colonel Alaric Avelino, commanding officer of 41st Infantry Battalion, at his residence in Poblacion Maimbung past 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Westmincom has yet to issue any additional information regarding Saguni's release.
Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, commanding officer of the 11th Infantry Division, said Saguni will be brought to the headquarters of Westmincom in Zamboanga City on Wednesday to officially turn him over to Indonesian officials.
Saguni was abducted by armed men while on board a fishing vessel on September 11.
The Abu Sayyaf also took his Indonesian companion, Usman Yunos, who escaped from the bandits in December 2018, before he was rescued by local officials and military personnel in a coastal village in Luuk town, Sulu.