By: Roy Bersales
THE leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who spearheaded a kidnapping operation in the Samal Island last year and the group’s two members were killed by Malasian authorities, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) revealed on Saturday.
Report of AFPs’ Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) that reached Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City said Abraham Hamid and two other terrorist members were shot to death by Malaysian authorities during an encounter in waters off Lahad Datu last Thursday.
Maj. Filemon Tan, Wesmincom spokesman, said Hamid had led the kidnapping of Robert Hall and John Ridsdel (both Canadian nationals), Kjartan Sekkingstad (Norwegian), and Maritess Flor (Filipina) from the Ocean View Resort in Camudmud, Samal City on Sept. 21, 2015.
The ASG had beheaded the two Canadian nationals, but released Sekkingstad and Flor.
In the same encounter, Tan said Malaysian authorities arrested two other ASG members identified as Samsung Aljan and Awal Hajal.
Tan claimed Hamid’s group, which was on board a speedboat, was planning a kidnapping in waters off Lahad Datu.
Two other members of Hamid’s group went missing after their speedboat sunk during the firefight.