Malaysian hostage escapes Abu Sayyaf militants
MANILA (AP) - Philippine police say a Malaysian man escaped from Al-Qaeda-linked militants who held him for nine months and told police his cousin died of an illness in captivity.
Sulu provincial police chief Abraham Orbita said by telephone from the provincial capital, Jolo, that officers saw the man walking in a village in Indanan township early Tuesday.
He said 25-year-old Chong Wei Jie told officers he had escaped three days earlier.
He said Abu Sayyaf members seized MChong and 33-year-old Chong Wei Fei from a palm oil plantation in Malaysia's Sabah state near Sulu.