ISIS Affiliate Increases Kidnappings in SE Asia

Abu Sayyaf received secret funding from Osama Bin Laden’s brother-in-law and began conducting terror attacks and bombings throughout the southern Philippines and Malaysia. In September 2014, the group pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State. Since then, Abu Sayyaf has kidnapped over 15 foreigners and many Filipinos.

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