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Ex-hostage tells of terror as friends beheaded in Philippines - The National;

Ex-hostage tells of terror as friends beheaded in Philippines - The National

The NationalEx-hostage tells of terror as friends beheaded in PhilippinesThe NationalIndanan, Philippines // A Norwegian former hostage on Sunday described his psychological torture as he heard his friends being beheaded by militants during a year-long captivity in the southern Philippines. A heavily bearded and gaunt Kjartan ...and more »

Norwegian hostage freed by Philippine militants 'lucky to be alive', will meet Duterte - The Straits Times;

Norwegian hostage freed by Philippine militants 'lucky to be alive', will meet Duterte - The Straits Times

The Straits TimesNorwegian hostage freed by Philippine militants 'lucky to be alive', will meet DuterteThe Straits TimesINDANAN, PHILIPPINES (AFP) - A freed Norwegian hostage said he was "lucky to be alive" on Sunday (Sept 18), after being kidnapped by Islamic militants and held in the southern Philippine jungle for more than a year. Mr Kjartan Sekkingstad appeared ...and more »

Philippine militant group frees Norwegian hostage - Channel4000.com;

Philippine militant group frees Norwegian hostage - Channel4000.com

Channel4000.comPhilippine militant group frees Norwegian hostageChannel4000.com(CNN) - A Norwegian man held captive for almost a year by a militant Islamist group in the Philippines was freed Saturday, according to CNN Philippines and the state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA). Abu Sayyaf released Kjartan Sekkingstad at 4 p.m ...and more »

Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage – Sekkingstad to meet Duterte today - Kuwait Times;

Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage – Sekkingstad to meet Duterte today - Kuwait Times

Kuwait TimesAbu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage – Sekkingstad to meet Duterte todayKuwait TimesMANILA: Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Misuari gestures during a press conference in suburban Taguig, south of Manila. Abu Sayyaf extremists yesterday freed a Norwegian man kidnapped a year ago in the southern Philippines. —AP.and more »

Philippines jungle captivity 'devastating', freed Norwegian hostage says - BT.com;

Philippines jungle captivity 'devastating', freed Norwegian hostage says - BT.com

BT.comPhilippines jungle captivity 'devastating', freed Norwegian hostage saysBT.comA Norwegian man freed by militants after a year of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines has described the ordeal as "devastating". 0. Share this. Facebook; Twitter; Google plus; Email; Share ? Released Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad ...and more »

Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage in Philippines - CityNews

Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage in PhilippinesCityNewsMANILA, Philippines – Ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf extremists on Saturday freed a Norwegian man kidnapped a year ago in the southern Philippines along with two Canadians who were later beheaded and a Filipino woman who has been released, officials ...and more »

Ex-hostage tells of terror as friends beheaded in Philippines - AsiaOne;

Ex-hostage tells of terror as friends beheaded in Philippines - AsiaOne

AsiaOneEx-hostage tells of terror as friends beheaded in PhilippinesAsiaOneFreed Norwegian national Kjartan Sekkingstad waves as he prepares to board a plane at Jolo airport, in suthern island of Mindanao, on September 18, 2016, on his way to Davao City for a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte after he was turned-over ...and more »

Freed Norwegian hostage: 'Lucky to be alive' - Rappler;

Freed Norwegian hostage: 'Lucky to be alive' - Rappler

RapplerFreed Norwegian hostage: 'Lucky to be alive'Rappler(UPDATED) Freed Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad thanks President Rodrigo Duterte after his release. The Norwegian government maintains it did not pay ransom to the Abu Sayyaf. Agence France-Presse · @afp. Published 7:38 PM, September 18, ...and more »

Freed Norwegian, 3 Indonesian hostages handed to Philippines - Tri-City Herald;

Freed Norwegian, 3 Indonesian hostages handed to Philippines - Tri-City Herald

Tri-City HeraldFreed Norwegian, 3 Indonesian hostages handed to PhilippinesTri-City HeraldPhilippine officials say Muslim rebels in talks with the government have turned over a Norwegian man freed by ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf extremists, who also released three kidnapped Indonesians in the country's south. FILE - In this March 5, 2013 file ...and more »

Three Indonesians freed by militant Abu Sayyaf group in Philippines - Reuters;

Three Indonesians freed by militant Abu Sayyaf group in Philippines - Reuters

ReutersThree Indonesians freed by militant Abu Sayyaf group in PhilippinesReutersNorwegian national Kjartan Sekkingstad (C) stands next to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari and other members after he was freed from the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Islamist militant group, in Jolo, Sulu in southern Philippines ...and more »

Militants in southern Philippines free Norwegian hostage - The Denver Post;

Militants in southern Philippines free Norwegian hostage - The Denver Post

The Denver PostMilitants in southern Philippines free Norwegian hostageThe Denver PostPhilippine government negotiator Silvestre Bello III, left, and Luis Jalandoni, representative of the communist movement National Democratic Front of the Philippines, right, shake hands as Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, center, applauds ...and more »

Philippine militants free Norwegian hostage - News24;

Philippine militants free Norwegian hostage - News24

News24Philippine militants free Norwegian hostageNews24Manila - A Norwegian held hostage by a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines was released on Saturday after a year in captivity. The authorities said he would soon be handed over to officials. Resort manager ...and more »

Norwegian hostage freed by al Qaeda-linked group in Philippines - Reuters;

Norwegian hostage freed by al Qaeda-linked group in Philippines - Reuters

ReutersNorwegian hostage freed by al Qaeda-linked group in PhilippinesReutersMANILA A Norwegian man held hostage by the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Islamist militant group in the southern Philippines since September last year was freed on Saturday, Philippine officials said. The group seized Kjartan Sekkingstad from an upscale ...and more »

Duterte expects more terror attacks, tells soldiers to prepare - GMA News;

Duterte expects more terror attacks, tells soldiers to prepare - GMA News

GMA NewsDuterte expects more terror attacks, tells soldiers to prepareGMA NewsPresident Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said all soldiers must train to become intelligence operatives as he expects the Abu Sayyaf Group to launch more attacks similar to the Davao City night market blast that left 15 people killed at at least 70 others ...and more »

Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage in Philippines - Toronto Sun;

Abu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage in Philippines - Toronto Sun

Toronto SunAbu Sayyaf extremists free Norwegian hostage in PhilippinesToronto SunMANILA, Philippines — Abu Sayyaf extremists on Saturday freed a Norwegian man kidnapped a year ago in the southern Philippines with two Canadians who were later beheaded and a Filipino woman who has been released by the ransom-seeking ...and more »

Released Norwegian hostage arrives in Davao, to meet Duterte - GMA News;

Released Norwegian hostage arrives in Davao, to meet Duterte - GMA News

GMA NewsReleased Norwegian hostage arrives in Davao, to meet DuterteGMA NewsReleased Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad is expected to meet President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on Sunday night. Sekkingstad, accompanied by Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, has arrived in Davao City. At the Davao airport, ...and more »

Philippine militant group frees Norwegian hostage - WLS

Philippine militant group frees Norwegian hostageWLS(CNN) – A Norwegian man held captive for almost a year by a militant Islamist group in the Philippines was freed Saturday, according to CNN Philippines and the state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA). Abu Sayyaf released Kjartan Sekkingstad at 4 p.m ...and more »

Philippine rebels free Norwegian hostage - Cosumnes Connection (subscription);

Philippine rebels free Norwegian hostage - Cosumnes Connection (subscription)

Cosumnes Connection (subscription)Philippine rebels free Norwegian hostageCosumnes Connection (subscription)DAVAO CITY-Freed Abu Sayyaf hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad on Saturday thanked the Philippine government for facilitating his release. The group released Sekkingstad in the town of Patikul in the Sulu Archipelago and he is now in the custody of Nur ...and more »

Abu Sayyaf frees Norwegian hostage: military - Coconuts Manila;

Abu Sayyaf frees Norwegian hostage: military - Coconuts Manila

Coconuts ManilaAbu Sayyaf frees Norwegian hostage: militaryCoconuts ManilaA Norwegian national held hostage by the extremist group Abu Sayyaf was released on Saturday, ending a one-year-long ordeal, the military said. Kjartan Sekkingstad was the last of four hostages who were taken from a luxury resort on Samal Island last ...and more »

Filipino militants got ransom for Norwegian: analysts - The Local.no;

Filipino militants got ransom for Norwegian: analysts - The Local.no

The Local.noFilipino militants got ransom for Norwegian: analystsThe Local.noKjartan Sekkingstad addressed the media on Sunday along with Filipino peace minister Jesus Dureza. Photo: Stringer/NTB Scanpix. AFP. [email protected] 19 September 2016. 15:24 CEST+02:00. A notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn ...and more »