Abu Sayyaf leader tagged in Samal kidnapping killed: AFP


Posted at Dec 10 2016 06:32 PM

The Abu Sayyaf leader who was involved in the 2015 kidnapping of four tourists on Samal Island in Davao del Norte has been killed, the military said Saturday.

Abraham Hamid and two cohorts were killed during an encounter between the Abu Sayyaf group and local authorities in Lahad Datu, Sabah on Thursday.

Two Abu Sayyaf members identified as Samsungaljan and Awal Hajal were also caught during the operation. Two others are missing, according to the Western Mindanao Command.

Hamid is identified as the leader of the group that took Robert Hall, John Ridsdel, Maritess Flor and Kjartan Sekkingstad from the Ocean View Resort in Camudmud, Samal City on September 21, 2015.

He was also tagged in the kidnapping of four Indonesian crew members of Tugboat Henry near Tawi-Tawi last April.