Abu Sayyaf frees Norwegian hostage in southern Philippines
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Government denies reports, terrorist claims ransom was paid to earn Kjartan Sekkingstad's release
Norwegian national Kjartan Sekkingstad speaks before journalists in Davao City on Sept. 18. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (right) promised to go after the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf who abducted Sekkingstad on Sept. 21, 2015. (photo supplied)
The Abu Sayyaf terrorist group has released a Norwegian hostage held captive in the southern Philippines for almost a year after a ransom was reportedly paid.
Kjartan Sekkingstad, 56, was released on Jolo Island, about 1,000 km south of Manila on Sept. 17.
Sekkingstad was abducted from a high-end resort in Davao del Norte province on Sept. 21, 2015, along with two Canadian nationals and a Filipino woman.
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