Philippine Jihad Update: “Kidnap Gang in S. Philippines Behead Captive,” from Arab News, with thanks to Kisan:
ZAMBOANGA CITY, 13 August 2006 “” Seven people were reported killed yesterday as security forces fought with suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in a failed bid to rescue two hostages in the southern island of Jolo.
Military commanders said the dead included businesswoman Jacky Selvin, 58, and her son Jeffrey Selvin, 27, who were snatched from downtown Jolo on July 27.
Four kidnappers and one police officer were also killed in the ensuing gunbattle in the island’s town of Indanan, where troops were battling the terrorist group tied to the Indonesian Jemaah Islamiya network, officials said.
Brig. Gen. Ben Dolorfino, deputy commander of military”s Southern Command based in Zamboanga City, said security forces attempted to rescue the woman after local residents found the son’s severed head in front of the police headquarters in downtown Jolo early yesterday.
Dolorfino said the soldiers did rescue the woman but she died later from a stab wound.
A local radio reported that a headless corpse believed to be that of Jeffery was later found in the town of Patikul town, also in Jolo Island….
In August 2002, the Abu Sayyaf also beheaded two male members of a Jehovah’s Witness, a Christian sect, two days after militants kidnapped them and four other women in Jolo.
Their severed heads were found inside plastic bags containing notes calling for “jihad against infidel and non-believers of Islam” in the main market in Jolo town. Their relatives said the six were not on Jolo to proselytize the island’s Muslim population, but only selling cosmetics and herbal teas to supplement their income.