A recent military raid in Sulu failed to rescue Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad, who was abducted from a luxury resort on Samal Island along with two Canadians and a Filipina in September 2015. The two Canadians, John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, have since been killed.

Last week, President Duterte revealed that the Filipino authorities had paid a ransom of 50m Philippines peso (£816,098, $1m) for Mr Sekkingstad. President Duterte has overseen a recent crackdown on organised crime, which has led to nearly two thousand extrajudicial killings.

From the International Business Times

Philippines paid Abu Sayyaf $1m ransom for Norwegian hostage, Duterte reveals by mistake

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who recently issued orders to the country’s armed forces to eliminate Abu Sayyaf, mistakenly revealed that they paid a ransom to the militant group for the release of Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad. In what appeared to be a slip of the tongue, Duterte said 50m Philippines peso (£816,098, $1m) was paid to Abu Sayyaf.

The accidental revelation came when the president was addressing a news conference in his hometown of Davao City on Wednesday (24 August) night. He was answering queries about the recent beheading of an Abu Sayyaf captive in Sulu province.

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From the Gulf News

Norwegian kidnap victim still missing after military rescue operation kills 11 Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

A Norwegian kidnap-victim remained missing after government soldiers killed 11 Filipino-Muslim Islamists in a rescue operation in the southern Philippines, a spokesman said.

The government troops did not see Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad who was believed to be with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) that lost 11 men during a clash with government soldiers in Makaita, Patikul, Sulu last Friday, Western Mindanao Command spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan Jr. said in a report that reached a military headquarters in suburban Quezon City.

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