As year ends, fate of Abu Sayyaf’s 23 hostages still uncertain

By: Julie Alipala
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—The fate of the 23 remaining hostages in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf remains uncertain as the year was about to end in less than three weeks from today.
The military on Tuesday said all the hostages—18 foreigners and five Filipinos—are being kept in Sulu, where the military has been conducting operations against the bandit group.
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