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Kidnapped foreign crewmen confirmed dead

Two Malaysians and an Indonesian abducted by Muslim extremists in April have died in the southern Philippines, the Malaysian military said Thursday. The three crewmembers of a Malaysian tugboat were kidnapped in a raid on April 11, 2004, in the waters off Malaysia’s Sabah state—an incident that the Philippine military has blamed on the al-Qaeda-linked Muslim extremist group, Abu Sayyaf. Gen. Mohamed Shahrin Abdul Majib, commander of Malaysia’s Fifth Brigade, said the three were either killed or died of illness over the past two or three weeks. “The [information was] from reliable sources,” Mohamed Shahrin was quoted as saying by the national news agency Bernama. “These three have been confirmed dead by December.” Full Story

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