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ASG hostage release: Ransom or pressure?

After almost a year of captivity, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) released Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, who was lucky enough to keep his head, unlike some of his fellow foreign hostages.

THE ordeal of Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, who was kidnapped with two Canadians and a Filipina from a Samal island resort in Davao Gulf in September, 2015, ended Saturday night. He and three Indonesians were released by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu, to Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who turned them over to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza.

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