MILF condemns beheading of Canadian hostage

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: The leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday condemned the Monday beheading of a Canadian who was kidnapped for ransom by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), which had vowed support to the Islamic State (IS).

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MILF vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar said their organization “condemned strongly” the slaying of Robert Hall “as un-Islamic act and against human rights.”

He said the decapitation “should not be done by anybody” especially during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims should be focusing on their fasting and prayers instead, and forbid themselves from committing violent or evil deeds.

Hall, a Canadian national, was beheaded by his captors after P300-million ransom for each of the hostages was not delivered on Monday (June 13) at 3 p.m., which they set as the deadline.

The victim’s severed head was found dumped in Jolo town in Sulu few hours after the expired deadline, while authorities were searching for his body.

Hall’s brutal murder happened days after his co-national John Ridsdel was also beheaded last April 25 by the same captors.

Authorities were still uncertain of the plight of the two remaining hostages, and military has been conducting a series of operations in Sulu since January against the group.

Calling themselves al-Harakat al-Islamiyah of the ASG in Basilan, led by Isnilon Hapilon alias Abu Abdullah al-Filibbini, the jihadists on Tuesday uploaded online the brutal beheading of Hall.

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  1. Besides commenting after the fact what did the MILF do to free the hostages ?
    Did they send their army to look for the hostages ?
    Did they pressure the Abu Sayyaf Group to release the hostages ?

    Did the MILF support the governments efforts to free the hostages in any way ?