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German hostages freed by Islamist group in Philippines

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German hostages freed by Islamist group in Philippines


Authorities in the Philippines have confirmed that a German couple who’d been held hostage by Islamist militants have been freed.

Their captors had threatened to kill one of them on Friday afternoon unless a ransom was paid.

The couple – said to be a 72-year-old doctor and his 55-year-old partner, both from Hesse – were abducted last April while sailing between the Philippines and Malaysia, and held on the remote island of Jolo.

Their captors from the Abu Sayyaf group have reportedly claimed that a ransom was paid.

They had demanded more than four million euros.

Germany confirmed only that a crisis negotiator had been sent to the Philippines.

Hunted by the Filipino army, Abu Sayyaf is an al-Qaeda offshoot which has sworn allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

It’s believed to be holding several other hostages in the southern islands populated by the nation’s Muslim minority.

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