Dutch Man, Captive for 7 Years, Dies as Philippines Troops Attempt to Free Him

MANILA — A Dutch hostage held by Muslim militants within the southern Philippines for seven years was killed by his captors on Friday as he tried to flee throughout a bloody rescue try by the navy, officers mentioned.

The hostage, Ewold Horn, 59, had been seized together with a Swiss nationwide whereas the 2 have been chook watching on the distant southern island of Tawi-Tawi in 2012. They have been taken by Abu Sayyaf militants throughout the strait to Jolo, an island the place the gunmen are nicely entrenched, with their camps located deep inside practically impenetrable jungle terrain.

The Swiss hostage, Lorenzo Vinciguerra, managed to flee practically three years later by grabbing his guard’s knife and stabbing him within the neck because the militants got here below assault from navy forces. He then fled his captors and was rescued by the military.

However Mr. Horn was not so fortunate.

“What a pity. He practically escaped, however was shot,” mentioned Col. Gerry Besana, a spokesman for the navy’s Western Mindanao Command. “He was shot by his guards whereas making an attempt to flee amid the firefight.”

The navy assault early Friday, which passed off close to a mountain village within the city of Patikul, additionally killed Mingayan Sahiron, the spouse of Radulan Sahiron, a senior Abu Sayyaf chief, and 6 different militants.

The violence got here lower than every week after Abu Sayyaf militants attacked a gaggle of troopers and civilians discussing growth initiatives in Patikul, leaving two kids useless, and 5 months after insurgents bombed a cathedral in Jolo, killing 23 folks.

Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, the top of Joint Job Power Sulu, mentioned the navy had been monitoring the Abu Sayyaf militants based mostly on info supplied by civilian informants. He mentioned Mr. Horn’s dying had resulted from Abu Sayyaf’s “barbaric acts.”

“We’re angered by the A.S.G.’s utter disregard for human rights that they might quite homicide Mr. Ewold Horn quite than be recovered by authorities forces,” he mentioned, utilizing the navy’s abbreviation for the group.

The overall mentioned that troops had tried their finest to securely recuperate the hostage, however that Friday’s firefight was too intense and lasted for practically two hours. He vowed to carry the militants to justice for the church bombing and for the dying of Mr. Horn.

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