Kidnapped Korean sea captain returns home

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Kidnapped Korean sea captain returns home

A Korean man, who was abducted near Malaysian waters last year by a radical Islamic group, and released after nearly three months in captivity returned home, the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday.

The Philippines-based militant group Abu Sayyaf attacked the 11,391-ton Korean cargo vessel on Oct. 20 near Borneo, Malaysia, and kidnapped the Korean captain, as well as a Filipino crew member. The captain in his 30s, identified only by his surname Park, arrived at Incheon International Airport at around 4:30 a.m.

“We have found that his health is not bad, but I understand that he will soon be hospitalized for a thorough check-up,” a ministry official said.

The captain was reportedly held as a hostage, while the militant group negotiated with the ship’s owner. The Seoul government had also been working with the ship’s owner, as well as the victim’s family, for the release.

When 10 Abu Sayyaf members attacked the ship from a speedboat, 18 other crew members managed to avoid abduction by hiding in the vessel’s citadel, a specially built safe room to protect the crew from pirates.

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