Abus, hostages desert hideout

No report of beheadings, say military, governor.

MANILA, Philippines—Abu Sayyaf kidnappers have slipped out of their Indanan forest hideout on Jolo Island under cover of darkness with their three Red Cross hostages in tow, local authorities said Wednesday.

Still, officials on Wednesday sought proof of life from the abductors following reported sightings of the hostages late Tuesday. The military also deferred any rescue operation.

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