Video below is an interview with Elina Noor from the Malaysian Institute of Strategic and International Studies with ABC.
The secondary event which is also notable is the 30 tons (1500 bags) of Ammonium Nitrate which was intercepted off the coast of Bali. (here ABC)
South Sulawesi was the intended destination of the chemical. Indonesian Police have six suspects who have been detained.
Video released June 21st through the new “Wilayat The Philippines” on “just paste it” listing various upload venues, some of which have been scrubbed from the internet, calling on the Philippines, Malaysian and Indonesia jihadists to terrorise non-Muslims and especially Catholics.
The video starts with the Abu Sayyaf jungle outposts showing “Bayan” or allegiance to Islamic State. The vision is cobbled together from previous releases, including the April 2016 attack on the Philippine army patrol which is celebrated showing the cache of stolen weapons.
The video continues with a change of background, no longer is the viewer in the jungle, but on the beach with a finger pointing vermin who spews dialogue like a ruptured autobot, AK-47 lazily resting on his skeleton like shoulder.
This is n’t the end of the artillery rant, a second and then a third vermin repeats the rat-a-tat-tat dialogue. Finally, and in English, the classical knife pointing “O Obama” Jihadi John-esque rhetoric culminates in the beheading murder of three orange clad men. The beheading is slow as the blunt knives rips through the unfortunates throats, screams all gargled and muffled, in possibly one the cruelest beheading murders to date.
John Ridsdel was a Canadian kidnapped by the Philippines terror and Daesh affiliated terror cell (here), Abu Sayyaf (here). The news of his death surfaced on April 25th as a body and a separated head were found.
Another video which appeared in March 2016 depicting the beheading murder of an alleged spy, Robert Pepito by the Ansaru’l Khilafah Philippines in Saranggani Province.
Video released 21st March 2016 through Furat media titled; (see below)
“Pledge of Allegiance From Katībat Jund al-Tawḥīd of Jamā’at Abū Sayyāf in Sulu, Philippines to the Caliph of the Muslims Ibrāhīm Bin ‘Awād al-Ḥussaynī al-Qurayshī”
In the seven minute video a dialogue is presented by a script reading militant who stands surrounded by a dozen, perhaps more, black clad individuals doing their best poker face stare.
Daesh t-shirts, flags and even embroidery patches can be seen adorning the collective as they pledge allegiance to Daesh.
Sulu is part of an archipelago in the Philippines (wiki) and has a long history of trade. In 1898 the Spanish – American war took place which led to the 1898 Treaty of Paris and the American occupation of the region which ended in 1946 with Philippine Independence.
No celebratory gun fire as ammunition is expensive.
October 2015, Abu Sayyaf have released video showing two men from Canada and one from Norway now captive and being held for ransom. The men speak in the video asking for artillery and military operations to stop in the area so negotiations can proceed regarding the release of the hostages. The men plead with their Governments to do something to end the situation.
As one of the men speaks, a militant holds his head while menacing a type of kukri at his neck. Abu Sayyaf have in recent times had a number of bombing attempts foiled and felt the Philippines Army forces pressure which has led to this type of retaliatory hostage taking. (here) The Philippines Government recently designated Abu Sayyaf a terrorist organisation, a type of “shoot first, ask questions later” zero tolerance stance. (here)
Kidnapping is a cottage industry in the region as in recent times show a string of hostages who have been released after their families pay tens of thousands of dollars for “room and board.”
UPDATE – April 25th 2016 – Canadian John Ridsdel executed by Philippine terrorist group Abu Sayyaf (here)