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Abu Sayyaf frees Filipino kidnap victim in Sulu

Marites Flor, a Filipino woman, was kidnapped with two Canadians and a Norwegian in September

Published: June 24, 2016 11:29 AM GMT

Updated: June 24, 2016 11:31 AM GMT

Abu Sayyaf frees Filipino kidnap victim in Sulu

The terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippine province of Sulu released on June 24 a Filipino woman who was abducted in Davao del Norte province in September last year.

Marites Flor, who was kidnapped with two Canadian nationals and a Norwegian from Samal Island, was released in the town of Jolo early morning of Friday.

Flor's boyfriend, Canadian national Robert Hall, was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf on June 13. Another Canadian, John Ridsdel, was also killed in April this year.

Kjartan Sekkingstad, a Norwegian, remains in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf.

The Abu Sayyaf has been blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council for having ties to al-Qaeda.

The Philippine military estimates the Abu Sayyaf group has about 300 to 400 fighters, mostly in Basilan and Sulu provinces in Mindanao.

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