Four foreign hostages held by Abu Sayyaf terror group

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A Total of 4 Foreigners Currently Being Held by Abu Sayyaf –

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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