By Roel Pareño
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The Abu Sayyaf group beheaded Wednesday two kidnapped Vietnamese sailors in the hinterland of Basilan, according to security officials.
The decapitated bodies were discovered by villagers about 5:40 a.m. in Barangay Tumahubong, Sumisip town, said Col. Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Basilan (JTFB).
Uy said the remains were later identified to be that of Hoang Trung Thong and Hoang Va Hai. They were among the six kidnapped crew members of M/V Royal 16 cargo hijacked by the Abu Sayyaf militants last Nov. 11, 2016 off Sibago Island, Basilan province.
“The remains were discovered by the local populace who immediately alerted the authorities,” Uy said.
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