ASG captive beheaded

THE Abu Sayyaf has beheaded an 18-year-old Filipino male captive in Indanan, Sulu province after failing to get ransom from the boy’s family.

Western Mindanao Command spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan said the head of kidnap victim Patrick James Almodovar was found inside a plastic bag that was dumped by three motorcycle-riding men at Kilometer 2 in Barangay Kajatian.

Almodovar was kidnapped by the Ajang-Ajang faction of the Abu Sayyaf in Barangay Asturias in Jolo, Sulu, on July 16.

Tan did not say how much the Abu Sayyaf had demanded, but the family said the bandits wanted P1 million.

President Rodrigo Duterte said the Abu Sayyaf is “out of control” and the only way to deal with them is to destroy them.

“So my orders to the Armed Forces and to the police: Destroy them. Destroy them because they are criminals,” the President said.

“We’ll never have peace in that area there. Even if you grant them autonomy, they remain to be bandits. We will never have peace in that land,” Duterte added.

Meanwhile, extremists carrying Islamic State group insignia have stormed the provincial jail in Lanao del Sur, freeing 28 detainees.

At least 50 heavily-armed members of the Maute group, one of several Muslim gangs in Mindanao, raided the jail to free eight comrades who were arrested barely a week ago, provincial police chief Sr. Supt. Agustine Tello said.

Twenty other detainees also escaped in the jailbreak.

The freed members of the Maute group were arrested on Aug. 22 after soldiers manning an army checkpoint found improvised bombs and pistols in the van they were driving.

The group, which has pledged allegiance to the IS terrorist group, has carried out kidnappings and bombings.

The gunmen who attacked the jail were seen carrying black flags of the IS group.

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