German man kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines is former captive of Somali pirates

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Star/Asia News Network) – The Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf claimed it was holding hostage a 70-year old German national, weeks after the bandit group released a Norwegian hostage apparently upon payment of a hefty ransom.
Muammar Askali alias Abu Ramie, a self-proclaimed spokesman of the Abu Sayyaf, said the group was able to snatch two German tourists in Tawi-tawi, the country’s southernmost province.
“Unfortunately, the other one died. She tried to shoot us, so we shot her. She died,” Askali said in a brief phone conversation on Sunday morning.
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