Not much attention has been paid to Abu Sayyaf’s identification with Islamic State. AAs maritime kidnappings escalate around the Philippine’s southern islands, the oldest group of hostages (2 Canadians, 1 Norwegian and 1 Filipina) face a looming deadline of execution at 3:00 pm on 25 April 2016. Factions of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have captured a growing number of hostages in recent weeks (April 2016) and have issued various execution deadlines and ransom demands. Pressure to pay ransom increased this week when a private company agreed to pay over $1 million for their 10 crew members who were taken hostage on 01 April 2016 and when the brother of victim, Bernard Then began a petition to negotiate the release of other hostages. The pressure boiled over after the 21 April 2016 photo release of two beheadings by the Maute wing of ASG.
4 DIFFERENT SETS OF ABDUCTIONS
As of 13 April 2016, officials in the Philippines acknowledged at least 18 foreigners were ASG hostages. However, TRAC’s count is higher: there are at least 22 hostages held from four different sets of abductions.
- GROUP 1: 4 HOSTAGES (2 CANADIANS, 1 NORWEGIAN, 1 FILIPINA) – 21 September 2015
- GROUP 2: 10 INDONESIAN SAILORS – 26 March 2016
- GROUP 3: 4 MALAYSIAN SAILORS – 01 April 2016
- GROUP 4: 4 INDONESIANS – 15 April 2016
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Islamic States Allegiances in the Pacific Rim: Katibah Nusantara Lid Daulah Islamiyyah / Malay archipelago unit for ISIS / Majmu’ah al Arkhabiliy / Jamaah Ansar Khilalaf Daulah Nusantara
Maute Group (the Maute Group connects JI and ASG)
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