The Philippines military said authorities have rescued three more Malaysian tugboat crewmen held hostage by Abu Sayyaf bandits for eight months in Mindanao.
A brief military report Monday, March 27, said troops rescued Zulkipli Bin Ali, Mohammad Ridzuan Bin Ismail and Fandy Bin Bakran late Sunday in Sulu province. They were taken to a hospital for check-ups.
Two other Malaysian crewmen from the same group, who were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits in July off Malaysia's Sabah state near Mindanao, were rescued last week when they were abandoned by their captors as a naval patrol closed in.
Abu Sayyaf bandits survive mostly on ransom kidnappings, extortion and other acts of banditry by targeting tugboats in the seas bordering the southern Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.