Philippines: Abu Sayyaf gets $7.3M from 6 month kidnaps

Daesh linked group shifted priorities from abducting foreigners based in Philippines to foreign-flagged tugboat crews
By Hader Glang

A notorious Daesh-linked group based in the Southern Philippines made around 353 million pesos ($7.3 million) from kidnap-for-ransom activities in the first six months of this year.

Police and military reports issued to reporters in Manila on Thursday said that the Abu Sayyaf pocketed the ransoms from January-June after it shifted its priorities from abducting foreigners and businesspeople on the mainland to foreign-flagged tugboats and their crews in local shipping lanes.

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