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Military confirms Abu Sayyaf group released man and woman, but says it is "not privy" to reports $5.6m ransom was paid.
Philippine rebel group had said it would kill German hostage on Friday unless Berlin paid $5.6m in ransom.
A year after being displaced by fighting, thousands of families in Zamboanga City living in makeshift homes.
Six months after deadly siege ended in the southern island of Mindanao, the displaced remain in evacuation centres.
MILF rebels in the Philippines are about to sign a breakthrough peace deal to end the 40-year conflict.
Boys held after Zamboanga siege allege they were abducted by rebels and pressured to confess by security forces.
Armed struggle for Muslim self-determination in the Philippines is almost half a century old.
Southern city's chamber of commerce puts losses due to ongoing military standoff with rebels at $1bn every day.
Authorities say troops have recaptured 80 percent of lost ground from rebels, as deadly Zamboanga siege enters 11th day.
Government estimates that about 40,000 children have been displaced by fighting in Zamboanga City.
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