AFP, Aug. 22, 2002
Two of the six Filipino cosmetics sellers kidnapped earlier this week by Abu Sayyaf Muslim guerrillas in the southern Philippines have been beheaded, an army commander said today.
The severed heads of the abducted men were found dumped in the southern island of Jolo, Brigadier General Romeo Tolentino said.
Tolentino, military chief of Jolo island, said a note was included with one of the heads, saying: “Those who do not believe in Allah will suffer the same fate.”
The two men were among six followers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Christian sect seized by the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul town in Jolo on Tuesday while selling cosmetics and personal care products.
Two Muslims initially seized with the group were freed by the Abu Sayyaf, a group notorious for kidnapping and attacking Christians and foreigners.