Indonesians hostaged by Abu Sayyaf return home
Four Indonesians were released last Wednesday by the Abu Sayyaf, and they have safely arrived home yesterday, Friday. The four sailors were taken hostage last April 15, and after a month-long ordeal, are now safely back in Indonesian hands.
Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudo greeted the Indonesian sailors when they returned back home aboard a military craft back to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. The Indonesian minister, on behalf on the Indonesian government, expressed gratitude to the Philippines for their cooperation in returning the sailors safely back home.
"I have already spoken to the Philippine Foreign Secretary, but once again I would like to convey our gratitude for the cooperation given by the government of the Philippines during this time. I have told them that all four hostages have arrived safely," said Marsudo.
The hostages were also glad that the ordeal was over, saying in media that they were grateful for their government's efforts.
"The release process was long and tough but we faithfully believe it was our God who showed the way to our Indonesian government, and the army who bravely helped us in the process of releasing us," said Loren Petrus Romawi, one of the hostages who safely returned home.
This month there were 10 other Indonesian hostages taken by militant groups, all linked to the extremist terror group Abu Sayyaf, were released. This comes after the Abu Sayyaf murdered a Canadian hostage by beheading.