Islamist militants in the southern Philippines released 10 Indonesian hostages on Sunday, ending a month-long ordeal during which a kidnapped Canadian held by the same group was beheaded after a ransom deadline passed.

The chief of police on Jolo island said the hostages, who were crew of a Taiwanese-owned tugboat intercepted by Abu Sayyaf rebels, were delivered to the local governor’s home at around 1 a.m. ET then taken to an army base.

“They appeared tired but were in high spirits,” said Police Superintendent Junpikar Sitin.

Police and military officials said it was unclear whether or not a ransom was paid for the men. The Philippines rarely publicizes such payments, but it is widely believed no captives are released without them.

The fate of four other hostages from Indonesia held by a different Abu Sayyaf faction is unknown. Indonesia’s foreign ministry had no immediate comment on Sunday’s release of the 10 detainees.

Source: Philippine island rebels free 10 Indonesian hostages | Reuters

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