Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) revealed recently that the Dutch hostage earlier believed to have joined the Abu Sayyaf after seven years was slain by the bandit group on Friday.
Ewold Horn was believed to have tried to escape his captors during a gunfight in Sitio Bud Sub-Sub, Barangay Pansul in Patikul, Sulu.
Western Mindanao Command spokesman Col. Gerry Besana stated Horn was shot by Abu Sayyaf insurgents under the command of Radullan Sahiron.
Among the casualties were six bandits reportedly died along with one of Sahiron’s wives. On the other side, eight soldiers suffered gunshot and shrapnel injuries.
Joint Task Force Sulu commander Maj. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo Jr. stated, “Horn was shot by one of his guards when he tried to escape from the Abu Sayyaf during this morning’s gunfight.”
“After an hour and thirty minutes of gun battle, troops recovered the remains of Horn and that of Mingayan Sahiron, the second wife of the Abu Sayyaf top leader,” Pabayo added.
The Dutchman was kidnapped in 2012 along with Swiss national Lorenzo Vinciguera, who escaped in 2014. Earlier this month, Sulu police commander Pablo Labra stated Horn had developed Stockholm syndrome and was seen carrying a weapon.
Four Filipinos and a Vietnamese citizen remain in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf.