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Philippines militants release 2 kidnapped Germans held for 6 months

  • Philippine soldiers head to the mountains to secure the release of two Germans who were held for six months by the Abu Sayyaf militant group, on the volatile island of Jolo, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen late Friday on southern Jolo Island. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)

    Philippine soldiers head to the mountains to secure the release of two Germans who were held for six months by the Abu Sayyaf militant group, on the volatile island of Jolo, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen late Friday on southern Jolo Island. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine soldiers wave to the media as they head to the mountains to secure the release of two Germans who were held for six months by the Abu Sayyaf militant group, on the volatile island of Jolo, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen late Friday on southern Jolo Island. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)

    Philippine soldiers wave to the media as they head to the mountains to secure the release of two Germans who were held for six months by the Abu Sayyaf militant group, on the volatile island of Jolo, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen late Friday on southern Jolo Island. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine soldiers react to the media as they head to the mountains to secure the release of two Germans who were held for six months by the Abu Sayyaf militant group, on the volatile island of Jolo, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen late Friday on southern Jolo Island. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)

    Philippine soldiers react to the media as they head to the mountains to secure the release of two Germans who were held for six months by the Abu Sayyaf militant group, on the volatile island of Jolo, southern Philippines, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen late Friday on southern Jolo Island. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)  (The Associated Press)

A Philippine official says two Germans kidnapped for six months have been released by a militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one if no ransom payment was made.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the Abu Sayyaf group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen late Friday on southern Jolo Island.

Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Rami told radio station DXRZ in southern Zamboanga City that his group received 250 million pesos ($5.6 million) in ransom. He did not say who paid the ransom.

Gazmin said he was "not privy" to information about any ransom payment.

He said he was happy the Germans were safe and hoped there would be no more kidnappings.