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Philippine militants free 10 Indonesian hostages

  • In this photo provided by the Office of Sulu Governor, Sulu Governor Abdusakur "Toto" A. Tan II, center, sits as Indonesian tugboat crewmen eat a meal after being freed in Jolo, Sulu province, southern Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2016. Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian tugboat crewmen who were seized at sea in March and taken to a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday. (Office of the Sulu Governor via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Office of Sulu Governor, Sulu Governor Abdusakur "Toto" A. Tan II, center, sits as Indonesian tugboat crewmen eat a meal after being freed in Jolo, Sulu province, southern Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2016. Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian tugboat crewmen who were seized at sea in March and taken to a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday. (Office of the Sulu Governor via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by the Office of Sulu Governor, freed Indonesian tugboat crewmen sit inside a house in Jolo, Sulu province, southern Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2016. Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian tugboat crewmen who were seized at sea in March and taken to a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday. (Office of the Sulu Governor via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Office of Sulu Governor, freed Indonesian tugboat crewmen sit inside a house in Jolo, Sulu province, southern Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2016. Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian tugboat crewmen who were seized at sea in March and taken to a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday. (Office of the Sulu Governor via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Philippine military and police officials say Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian tugboat crewmen who were seized at sea in March and taken to a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines.

Police Superintendent Junpikar Sitin says the Indonesians appeared well when he saw them Sunday before they were brought to a military camp in Jolo town in Sulu province. The freed captives were to be fed and an arrangement will be made to turn them over to Indonesian officials.

Jolo town Mayor Hussin Amin welcomed the release of the Indonesians, but said he was unaware whether they were ransomed off.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen beheaded a Canadian hostage in Sulu on April 25 after they failed to receive a ransom. Philippine troops have launched an offensive against the Abu Sayyaf.