Tuesday July 17, 2018

Bandit behind Samal kidnapping killed in Sabah

THE Philippine military on Saturday, December 10, confirmed the death of an Abu Sayyaf spotter tagged as the leader in the kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipina last year in Samal iIland, Davao del Norte.

Major Filemon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman, said that Abraham Hamid was one of the three Abu Sayyaf bandits who were killed in a clash with Sabah security forces on Thursday, December 8, in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia.

“Per validation made by this command, the shootout resulted in the killing of Abraham Hamid, leader of the Samal kidnapping incident, and two of his cohorts,” Tan said.

The Sabah security forces, Tan said, have also captured two other Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members identified as Samsung Aljan and Awal Hajal.

Tan added that two other followers of Hamid were reported missing after the clash.

The military official said the speedboat used by Hamid's group was sunk during the firefight.

He added the death of Hamid is a big blow to the ASG.

The group of Hamid was behind the kidnapping of Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor on September 21, 2015 at the Ocean View Resort in Camudmud, Island Garden City of Samal.

The ASG beheaded John Ridsdel and Robert Hall on April 25, and June 13, respectively, after each of their ransom demand of $8 million was not met.

Flor, the girlfriend of Hall, was released on June 24, while Sekkingstad was freed on September 17, 2016. (Sunnex)