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    Philippines Catches Abu Sayyaf Suspect Involved in Abductions, Beheadings of 2 Canadi

    Authorities in the southern Philippines have arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf militant, who acted as a ransom negotiator and was involved in the abductions of two Canadians who were executed by the Islamic extremist group in 2016, police said Monday.


    The national police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) backed by police commandos, marines, and intelligence agents, arrested Adzrimar Sali Ammat on Friday after raiding his safehouse in Zamboanga City, officials said. The house was located within two kilometers of a military base.


    Ammat, 30, who is also known as Abu Omar or Guru Adin, was involved in the 2015 kidnappings of Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, as well as Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor, police said. The latter two were freed after a year in captivity.


    “Ammat alias Abu Omar was tagged as the negotiator of the Abu Sayyaf group that seized the four captives, including three foreigners and a Filipina in 2015,” AKG chief Brig. Gen. Rudolph Dimas said in a statement.


    He did not say why it took police three days to publicize the suspect’s arrest.


    On Monday, officials at the Canadian Embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a BenarNews request for comment.


    The Abu Sayyaf, or “Bearers of the Sword,” a militant group based in the southern Philippines, is blamed for the country’s worst terrorist attacks, including bombings of military camps. Founded by an Afghan-trained militant in the 1990s, the group later branched out to raising funds through kidnapping when its leader was killed.


    Police said that two other kidnap victims, who were not named by them, positively identified Ammat as a negotiator. It was not clear whether they were held together with the two Canadians.


    The regional police office in Zamboanga said Ammat had two standing warrants of arrests, one issued by a Davao Court for two counts of kidnapping with homicide on Sept. 29, 2016, and kidnapping with ransom issued by another court on Sept. 2, 2019.


    The two Canadians, the Norwegian and the Filipina were abducted in September 2015 from the Holiday Oceanview Resort on the island of Samal in Davao del Norte, and were later taken to the jungles of Jolo Island – the stronghold of Abu Sayyaf in the far south – police said.


    Ridsdel was beheaded in April 2016 and Hall was beheaded two months later. In June 2016, Flor, Hall’s girlfriend, was also freed and recounted the cruelty of Abu Sayyaf militants.


    “We were treated like dogs. If we made mistakes, we were beaten,” Flor told reporters then, shortly after the militants freed her. President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered negotiators to get her and the remaining hostage alive.


    Flor was freed three months earlier than Sekkingstad, the Norwegian. The national police then said that a ransom of 30 million pesos (about $600,000) was paid for his release, although they never revealed who was the source of that money.


    In hostage situations, the Philippines government officially has a policy of not negotiating for ransom.

    Philippines Catches Abu Sayyaf Suspect Involved in Abductions, Beheadings of 2 Canadians — BenarNews

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    Flatten the Cube, Raze the Pyramids , destroy the base

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Flatten the Cube, Raze the Pyramids , destroy the base

    Hasn’t worked yet. Duterte was more interested in a war on drugs than a real war in the south.

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    ^the mayors of 2 nearby towns (in my area) had been killed because of this supposed war on drugs. Were they guilty? I'm not sure, but they both belonged to a different political party than the administration. IMO they deserved their day in court & not gunned down in cold blood.

    Re: the war in the South, it will always exist as long as the Muslim insurgents are funded by outside sources (or by ransom money).

    Oh well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^the mayors of 2 nearby towns (in my area) had been killed because of this supposed war on drugs. Were they guilty? I'm not sure, but they both belonged to a different political party than the administration. IMO they deserved their day in court & not gunned down in cold blood.

    Re: the war in the South, it will always exist as long as the Muslim insurgents are funded by outside sources (or by ransom money).

    Oh well...
    Whilst you have a significent Muslim population things will not change. I would suggest giving them all of Mindanao and remove the non Muslim population. Then as an act of Christian charity, drop a thermonuclear device to keep them company. Problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Whilst you have a significent Muslim population things will not change.
    ...certainly not if that "significant" Muslim population is cut off from national mainstream life, financial and educational opportunities and kept in poverty and isolation...in other words, similar to what happens in other developing nations with "significant" Muslim minorities...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Re: the war in the South, it will always exist as long as the Muslim insurgents are funded by outside sources (or by ransom money).
    It would be far more useful to not marginalise the Muslim population as is done on Mindanao - their main gripe is exactly that, encompassing decent education, getting rid of soldiers who tend to shoot first and then not ask questions. Have a central government that care nothing for them . . . let's not forget the soldiers and gov't are Christian . . .

    I've spent quite a bit of time in plantations and universities in Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cotabato to have seen and heard how it works there - I'd be pissed as well.

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