Abu Sayyaf shows multi-million dollar windfall


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Abu Sayyaf shows multi-million dollar windfall


The Philippine military expressed alarm that the Abu Sayyaf may go on an arms spending spree after they posted a video online showing what they claimed to be a multi-million-dollar ransom windfall. The Abu Sayyaf apparently posted on social media a short video showing its members with stacks of the Philippine currency, which they said was ransom for two German hostages freed last month. In the video, Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Rami claimed the money on display in a jungle setting was the full $5.7 million demanded for releasing the captives. Armed Forces chief Gregorio Catapang warned that the video may encourage other kidnappings.

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