‘Ransom from kidnappings may revive Abu Sayyaf’

Proceeds from kidnappings in the southern Philippines may revive the small but deadly Abu Sayyaf Islamic militant group linked to the al Qaeda network, analysts and officials said on Thursday.

Many unschooled and out-of-work young Muslims on two remote southern islands have been recruited by

the Abu Sayyaf, lured by easy cash and weapons, said Rodolfo Mendoza of the security think-tank Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research.

“It’s easier to recruit if you have the money,” Mendoza, a retired police general, told Reuters in an interview, adding the new recruits never understood the ideology of the Abu Sayyaf….


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