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ASG sub-leader arrested inside hospital

An Abu Sayyaf sub-group leader was arrested by operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) and the police during a law enforcement operation at the Zamboanga Peninsula Medical Center in Zamboanga City.

The Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command yesterday confirmed that the three gunmen shot dead by Sabah security forces in Lahad Datu last December 8 were indeed members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.

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Authorities arrested a lady village chief allegedly involved in the kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipina in Samal island last year in a joint law enforcement operation on Kilometer 2, Indanan, Sulu Saturday.

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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.

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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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“I assure you…when the time comes, I will inform you that we have been able to catch up with them,” Duterte told freed ASG hostage, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, in a press conference Sunday night in Davao City. “I will say this now: Your travails in life are over,” the President added.

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