ISIS Copycats: Philippine Rebels Behead Malaysian Hostage

Philippine rebel leader

This rebel group claims it’s affiliated with ISIS. (r.a. note)

AL Jazeera  By Stephanie Scawen    Posted Wed., Nov.18, 2015

Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, condemned on Wednesday the beheading of a hostage by Abu Sayyaf – the first Malaysian killed by the armed group that operates in the southern Philippines.

Bernard Then was kidnapped in May from the Ocean King seafood restaurant in Sandakan, Malaysia, with the restaurant’s owner, Thien Nyuk Fun.

They had been held for the past six months by the rebel group Abu Sayyaf in remote Philippine jungles on the southern island of Jolo, about 330km from Sandakan.

A severed head was found in a sack with Then’s full name on it – “Bernard Then Ted Fen” – by a cleaner outside a local government office on Tuesday night.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, in Manila for the APEC summit, denounced Then’s killing.

“I am shocked and sickened by the murder of our countryman Bernard Then and we condemn it in its strongest terms,” Najib said on his Facebook page.

Hostage Thien Nyuk Fun was released on November 8 after her family paid a reported ransom. Then’s family had been in negotiations with Abu Sayyaf, but these reportedly had broken down.

Then was the first Malaysian killed by the Abu Sayyaf. He had been vacationing in Sandakan with his family when he was grabbed at the restaurant and passed onto Abu Sayyaf fighters.

Abu Sayyaf has used kidnap for ransom for years as a way of raising funds to support its insurgency.

One of the most notorious abductions was in 2001 when American missionary couple Gracia and Martin Burnham and Filipino Guilllermo Sobrero were snatched from an exclusive resort on Palawan island.

They were taken back to Mindanao and held for about a year until a military rescue operation was launched. Sobrero had been beheaded by that time. Martin Burnham was killed during the rescue.


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Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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