Two members of the Indonesian crew of the Charles 001 held hostage by Abu Sayyaf have escaped. The men were among seven crew abducted in June from the Sulu Sea. Elsewhere a female teacher also held by the group was released.

Multiple hostages, including Norwegian Kjartan Sekkignstad and Canadian Robert Hall, remain held by the group.

Mohammad Safyan

From the International Business Times Singapore

Before Ismail, another crewman of the tugboat called Mohammad Safyan escaped the militants on August 17 by swimming out to sea.

Major Filemon Tan, an army spokesperson, said that the 28-year-old Safyan was spotted by residents of Jolo island as he was floating off the shore. Safyan managed to escape from his captors after the militants threatened to cut his head off.

“We were told he managed to escape by running and swimming to the sea,” Tan told Reuters.

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From PhilStar –

Indonesian flees Abu Sayyaf captors, found trapped in fishnet

Sixteen other foreign hostages, including nine Indonesians, remain captives of the violent Muslim extremist group in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

Maj. Filemon Tan, a regional military spokesman, said Mohammad Sayfan, 28, escaped in a mangrove area in the southern province of Sulu after he was threatened with beheading. He was rescued by local residents who found him floating and trapped in fishnets along the shoreline.

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From the National

Sailor found trapped in fishing net after escaping Philippine Abu Sayyaf militants

The Philippines said it has stepped up a military offensive against the militants, who earlier this year beheaded two Canadian hostages.

Besides the [24] Indonesians, five Malaysians, one Norwegian, a Dutchman, and at least five Filipinos are also being held by the militants.

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From Channel News Asia

Second Indonesian hostage escapes from Abu Sayyaf kidnappers

State-run news agency Antara quoted Indonesian armed forces chief Gatot Nurmantyo as saying that he had checked the claims and that they were true.

He said the second hostage, named Ismail, had now joined the first hostage Mohammad Safyan, who had also earlier escaped, and both of them were in Zamboanga undergoing medical check-ups.

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Teacher freed in Patikul

From the Anadolou Agency

Abu Sayyaf frees schoolteacher in Philippines south

Western Mindanao military command spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan said in a statement Friday that 30-year-old Adrina Bongil, a teacher at a southern Philippines elementary school, was brought to the house of Patikul town Mayor Kabir Elias Hayudini.

“Troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu proceeded to the area to meet and conduct debriefing to the freed kidnap victim,” the army spokesman added.

There were no further details on her release, but Tan said no ransom was paid for her freedom.

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