- Abu Sayyaf announced that they will behead Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad if the government does not pay ransom
- The militant group has demanded 30 million pesos for the release of Sekkingstad
- The group announced the beheading after Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza announced that he will not tolerate ransom talks
The militant group Abu Sayyaf has announced that they will be beheading their Norwegian hostage, Kjartan Sekkingstad, anytime today if Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza maintained the government’s stand not to pay any ransom.
Abu Sayyaf spokesperson Abu Rami said, “There is no more ultimatum, we are going to behead this Norwegian anytime today.”. Rami called members of the media in Zamboangua and announced that the beheading will be performed after Dureza pronounced the no-ransom policy of the government.
The group has demanded a 30 million-peso ransom for the release of Sekkingstad, and has said that they were aware of the ransom, already being set for delivery. According to Rami, they were just waiting for someone to deliver the money.
On Sunday, Dureza said that Rami called and has spoken to a female emissary from Zamboanga City. The emissary said that Rami was looking for Dureza and wanted to talk. Dureza then told the emissary that he is willing to wait for the call from Abu Sayyaf any time.
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Dureza then stated that the government is doing efforts for the release of all the hostages, mentioning the seven Indonesian nationals who were recently kidnapped, but still maintained his statement about the ransom talks.
Sekkingstad’s beheading was announced by the group, two days after the body of Canadian hostage was found in Sulu almost three weeks after he was beheaded. Hall’s head was found in front of Jolo Cathedral in Sulu on the same day of his beheading.
Sekkingstad is the only Samal Island hostage left in Abu Sayyaf’s hands after Hall and another Canadian national, John Ridsdel was executed, and Filipino Marites Flores was released. - AA, Kami Media