Philippines German hostages freed - update

Held by Abu Sayyaf since April

(ANSA) - Berlin, October 17 - Two German hostages held by Philippines Islamist group Abu Sayyaf since April were freed Friday, German news agency DPA said citing a local radio station.
    An Abu Sayyaf member said Germany had paid a ransom.
    Last month the jihadist group threatened to kill the hostages unless Germany stopped supporting United States air strikes against Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria and Iraq.
    Germany replied that its anti-ISIS strategy would not change.
   

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