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Another hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu


Abu Sayyaf terrorists have beheaded one of their Filipino kidnap victims in Patikul, Sulu, according to the military.

Newly promoted Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, identified the executed hostage as Noel Besconde, captain of FB Ramona 2.

Sobejana confirmed that Besconde, who was abducted last December along with three others in the waters off the Celebes Sea, was beheaded in Barangay Tugas in Patikul town Thursday, April 13.

The military blamed Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan as behind the beheading of the kidnap victim.

Sobejana believes that Besconde was murdered because he was reportedly ill and impedes movement of his captors while evading the operating units hunting them.

Besconde's beheading came after military troops killed six Abu Sayyaf terrorists, including their leader, in an operation in the coastal town of Inabanga, Bohol last week.

Three soldiers and a policeman also died in the clash.

Meanwhile,  the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed it's extreme indignation for the beheading of Besconde by Sadjawaan group.

"While the AFP condemns this gruesome murder of this hapless kidnap victim, it all the more drives our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines to deliver the lethal blow against this band of terrorists and rescue the remaining kidnap victims," AFP chief General Eduardo Año said in statement Monday.

"This terrorist group are all the more, by their recent barbarism, fueling the desire of the AFP to crush their beastly practice, stop their kidnap-for-ransom activities, and restore peace in Western Mindanao," he added.

"We will never falter. We will not rest even a bit in our conduct of combat, intelligence, and civil-military operations to protect our people. We will exhaust all means-legal and moral-- to bring this war against terrorists to conclusion," Año further said.

He described the act as Abu Sayyaf’s barbarism and it will fuel the AFP’s desire to “crush their beastly practice, stop their kidnap-for-ransom activities, and restore peace in Western Mindanao."

The Abu Sayyaf, who has been kidnapping foreigners and holding them for ransom in the jungles of Sulu, is known to behead hostages if its ransom demands are not met.

Last year, the group decapitated two Canadians in Sulu. More recently, in February, it beheaded a German hostage held for ransom.

The terrorist group is believed to still be holding several hostages, including Filipinos, Vietnamese, and a Dutch national. Hader Glang

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