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Norway hostage freed by Filipino militants - The Local.no

news@thelocal.no · @thelocalnorway. 17 September 2016. 15:48 CEST+02:00. 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 and will soon be ...and more »

Freed hostage says Philippine jungle captivity was 'devastating' - Irish Times

A Norwegian man freed by militants after a year of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines has described the ordeal as “devastating”. Kjartan Sekkingstad was freed by his Abu Sayyaf captors to rebels from the larger Moro National Liberation Front ...and more »

Abu Sayyaf frees Norwegian hostage in Sulu - Rappler

(3rd UPDATE) The Abu Sayyaf frees Norwegian national Kjartan Sekkingstad after having received ransom of P30 million. Earlier, Duterte said a ransom of P50 million had been paid. Rappler.com. Published 3:38 PM, September 17, 2016. Updated 9:48 AM, ...and more »

Abu Sayyaf frees Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad - Aljazeera.com

The Abu Sayyaf armed group has freed a Norwegian man held hostage in the southern Philippines for almost a year after a ransom was reportedly paid. Kjartan Sekkingstad, 56, was handed over on Jolo island, about 1,000km south of Manila on Saturday, ...and more »

P100 M paid for Norwegian? - Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Despite Malacañang's no-ransom stance, more than P100 million was apparently paid for the freedom of Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad from the bandit group Abu Sayyaf over the weekend. Sources told The STAR ...and more »

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf frees three Indonesian hostages - Aljazeera.com

The Abu Sayyaf armed group has released three Indonesian hostages in the southern Philippines a day after freeing a Norwegian captive held for a year and repeatedly threatened with beheading. Sunday's release - negotiated by the Moro National ...and more »

MNLF seen as key to safe release of Abu Sayyaf captives - Inquirer.net

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Both the Indonesian government and the Philippine military recognized the big role of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Saturday's release of four kidnap victims — a Norwegian and three Indonesian fishermen. Indonesian ...and more »

Islamist militants reportedly free Norwegian hostage in Philippines - The Guardian

Kjartan Sekkingstad was abducted in September 2015, alongside a Filipina woman, who has already been freed, and two Canadians who were beheaded. Agence France-Presse. Sat 17 Sep 2016 19.32 EDT Last modified on Sat 17 Sep 2016 21.36 EDT.and more »

Duterte commitment crucial in release of Sekkingstad – envoy - Inquirer.net

MANILA — Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Norway's ambassador to the Philippines Erik Forner thanked President Duterte for Sekkingstad's safe release from the Abu Sayyaf, with Forner acknowledging Duterte's commitment as crucial to the resort ...and more »

Abu Sayyaf Militants Release Norwegian Hostage in Philippines - New York Times

MANILA — The Abu Sayyaf militant group freed a Norwegian hostage in the southern Philippines on Saturday, the police said, almost a year after he was seized along with two Canadians who were later beheaded. The Norwegian man, Kjartan Sekkingstad, ...and more »