ASG frees hostage

Hostage release welcomed.

Indonesia denies ransom paid to release Abu Sayyaf hostage

The Philippines-based armed group, Abu Sayyaf (ASG), recently released an Indonesian hostage who was featured in a viral video pleading for his life, but Jakarta denies that ransom was paid to the kidnappers to secure his release.

The fisherman, identified as Samsul Saguni, was turned over to Philippine authorities on Tuesday afternoon after spending four months in the hands of a splinter cell of the Abu Sayyaf group, a Foreign Ministry official confirmed on Wednesday.

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