Armed men that would be part of the Abu Sayyaf group have claimed more than $ 60 million for two Canadians and a Norwegian they would hold hostage in the southern Philippines jungle. This would be the most imposing ransom demanded by the group appearing in the black list of the United States and the Philippines as a terrorist organization.
Brigadier General Alan Arrojado said Wednesday the Philippines, the Philippine government maintained a non-ransom payments policy, adding that efforts were supported to try to free the hostages unharmed.
In a video relayed online by the American group SITE Intelligence, which monitors jihadist websites, the kidnappers and their hostages say for the first time that Abu Sayyaf was responsible for the abduction of 21 September.
The hostages – including Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall – were abducted while they were in a resort in the southern Philippines.
This is the second video reports of such abductions. In a video posted last month, the alleged kidnappers demanded that government forces cease their artillery fire.