Abu Sayyaf group threatens to harm four hostages

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 (KUNA) — Islamic militant group, known as Abu Sayyaf, holding the three foreigners and a local women abducted in Samal Island, threatened to execute their captives if they do not get ransom money for each of the three foreigners within one month.
In a video footage, posted on Facebook last March 8, a masked man acting as the spokesman for the group presented Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipino Marites Flor who were abducted from a Samal Island beach resort last September.
The video post was confirmed for its authenticity by the Philippine Army.
The spokesman said “we are giving a warning (of) one month for the families to (meet) the demand. Starting today March 8 until April 8, 2016.” Local media reported that the group demanded PESO one billion for each hostage.
Last November, the group posted the first video on the four hostages and was demanding a USD 29 million for each hostage.
Abu Sayyaf group is known to be linked with Al-Qaeda and bear the responsibility of taking the bloodiest attacks in the Philippine. (end) aab.mb