Philippines Kills Two Brothers Linked to Abductions of Malaysians, Indonesians

News comes at the same time as further crew abductions. 
By Hata Wahiri and Fahirul N. Ramli
The Philippines said Tuesday that its military had dealt Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants “a major blow” by killing two brothers linked with the group, who allegedly helped kidnap more than two dozen sailors at sea, including Malaysians and Indonesians.
Nixon Muktadil, who heads the Muktadil gang that is affiliated with ASG, and his brother Brown were killed Tuesday as part of a campaign by Philippine security forces to free all kidnap victims being held by Abu Sayyaf and other armed militant groups in the southern Philippines, Philippine officials said. Hostages still in custody include five Malaysians and five Indonesians.
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