With the recent release of Rolando del Torchio, the current count of foreigners kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf (directly or indirectly), stands at four.
A recent count by the AFP media group posted that 14 foreigners were being held by the terrorist group, ten of them Indonesians sailors.
As of today the other four include:
John Ridsdel (Canadian) – kidnapped on Samal Island
Robert Hall (Canadian) – kidnapped on Samal Island
Kjartan Sekkingstad (Norwegian) – kidnapped on Samal Island
Ewwold Hurn (Dutch) – kidnapped on Tawi-Tawi bird-watching in 2012
Hurn was originally kidnapped along with a Swiss national on Tawi-Tawi. A Filipino guide was also taken for ransom along with Hurn and Lorenzo Vinciguerra. Hurn was 52-years-old at the time of his kidnapping, he is now 56.
Vinciguerra escaped from the Abu Sayyaf in December of 2014.
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