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Abu Sayyaf ‘got $7 million from kidnappings’

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FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, released Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad, left, briefly delivers his statement after meeting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, in Davao city in southern Philippines. (AP Photo/Manman Dejeto, File) Manila Bulletin

A Philippine government report says Abu Sayyaf militants pocketed at least 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abducting foreign sailors as military offensives restrict their mobility.

The confidential military and police threat assessment report seen by The Associated Press on Thursday, October 27, says the offensives have taken their toll on the Abu Sayyaf, slightly reducing the number of the militants although they remain capable of launching attacks.

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered troops to destroy the notorious Muslim extremist group, which has been blacklisted by the U.S. and the Philippines following more than two decades of bomb attacks, raids on civilians, mass kidnappings and beheadings.

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  • Simon

    Eto ung laban na hindi natapos, kasi umeksena na si Brother Nur Misuari ng malapit na masakote ang mga ASG. Brother-brother din kasi nila yan at siguro meron din komisyon si Brother Nur. Pagkatapos wala ng balita. At eto ngayon ang balita sa kade-deny, US7M ang kinita sa kidnapan.
    Magpapalamig muna sila, ganun din si Dutete tungkol sa isyu na ito. Pero tuloy pa rin ang Federalism siyempre.

    • underthePhilippineSun

      i think you got it directly right… the “stop and go” approach by the government makes this terrorist abu sayyaf rich…

      poor Philippine government – nur misuari is just fooling you,,,

      time to WAKE-UP…