Abus refuse to free hostages

MANILA, Philippines – Abu Sayyaf bandits refused to release any of the three Red Cross workers kidnapped in Indanan, Sulu, demanding a complete pullout of government troops in exchange for the release of one of the hostages.

Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan said Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad told him by phone yesterday that a limited withdrawal of more than 1,000 marines, police and armed village guards was unacceptable, adding the militants would not release any hostage.

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