KOTA KINABALU: Three Malaysian hostages who were rescued in the Sulu Joint Task Force, on Sunday, have been sent to a medical centre in the Philippines.
The Foreign Ministry, in a statement, Tuesday confirmed Jumadil Rahim, 24, Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 33, and Fandy Bakran, 27, were found in Poblacion Punay, Panglima Estino, Sulu, during a full force military operation in Sulu.
“The Foreign Ministry has instructed the Malaysian Embassy in Manila to work with the Kelab Putera 1Malaysia to bring home the three victims,” the statement said.
Malaysia also thanked the government of the Philippines for their help in rescuing the three victims.
The three were among five crew members of Malaysian tugboat ‘Serudong 3’ abducted by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in waters off Dent Haven in Lahad Datu on July 18 last year.
On Thursday, Abdul Rahim Summas, 63, and Tayudin Anjut, 45, were rescued by Philippine security forces in the waters off Pata Island in Sulu.
Abdul Rahim and Tayudin arrived at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Sunday night, and are currently receiving medical treatment at the Selayang Hospital.