Abu Sayyaf terrorists have beheaded seven kidnap victims on the island of Basilan, police revealed at present (Monday, July 31).
The men, all loggers, had been kidnapped final week after being accused of destroying a rubber plantation belonging to a frontrunner of the militants.
Local police chief John Cundo stated followers of Abu Sayyaf chief Furuji Indama kidnapped and killed the loggers over a enterprise dispute relatively than to demand ransom.
“This was an act of revenge by Indama who may have blamed the destruction of his rubber plantation on these loggers. The kidnappers did not demand ransom but immediately beheaded the loggers,” he stated.
The decapitated our bodies of the victims, who had been kidnapped on July 20, had been discovered within the city of Lantawan yesterday.
Abu Sayyaf is one of essentially the most energetic militant teams within the southern Philippines and has pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS).
The militants beheaded two Canadian hostages final yr and a German captive in February after ransom calls for weren’t met.
Earlier this month, two Vietnamese hostages had been beheaded, whereas one other Vietnamese captive was killed throughout a conflict between his captors and authorities troops on July 13.
Abu Sayyaf militants proceed to carry greater than 20 hostages, together with 14 foreigners, in Basilan and one other of their strongholds on the island of Sulu.
One of the Abu Sayyaf’s leaders, Isnilon Hapilon, has been recognized because the chief of IS militants presently preventing authorities troops in Marawi City. He has been named because the regional consultant, or emir, of IS in Southeast Asia and has a five-billion greenback FBI bounty on his head.