Duterte to meet freed Abu Sayyaf hostage


Posted at Sep 18 2016 05:20 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2016 06:52 PM

MANILA - Freed Abu Sayyaf hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on Sunday night. 

Sekkingstad, a Norwegian national, was released by the extremist group in Patikul, Sulu on Saturday after his year-long captivity. 

Accompanied by Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, Sekkingstad arrived in Davao City on board a government chopper at 4:16 p.m. 

Sekkingstad took a rest at the Seagull Beach Resort owned by Dureza before his scheduled meeting with Duterte. 

The Norwegian was the last of four hostages who were taken from a luxury resort on Samal Island last year. The militants had earlier beheaded Canadian nationals Robert Hall and John Ridsdel while Filipina Marites Flor was released in June. 

Three Indonesian nationals, who were likewise held captive by the Abu Sayyaf, were also freed on Sunday morning. 

The Abu Sayyaf, a ragtag group of several hundred gunmen, is notorious for ransoming off foreigners. It has also claimed responsibility for the worst terrorist attacks in the country including the firebombing of a ferry off Manila Bay in 2004 that left over 100 people killed.