Abu Sayyaf releases kidnapped Filipina

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Manila, June 24 (IANS) Philippines-based extremist group Abu Sayyaf has released a Filipina woman who was kidnapped around last September, along with a Norwegian and two Canadians, officials said on Friday.

Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Filemon Tan, in a statement to EFE news, confirmed the release of Marites Flor who, he said, was undergoing a “medical check-up”.

The release comes a day after seven Indonesian seamen were kidnapped in the waters of the southern Philippines by an armed group that could probably be the rebels, Indonesian Interior Minister Retno Marsudi said on Friday.

Abu Sayyaf never demanded any ransom for Flor, while the two Canadians — John Ridsdel and Robert Hall — were executed after non-payment of ransom within the deadline set by the rebels.

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