The Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and the three others who were taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf guerrilla in the Philippines, are forced to beg for their lives in a video the captors have released.
56 years old Sekkingstad was abducted from the resort Ocean View Resort on the tiny island of Samal outside Mindanao on September 22, together with the two Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, and Hall's Filipino girlfriend Marites Flor.
- Please comply with their demands, otherwise we might end up as dead, says the Norwegian in the video, where the four hostages sit on the ground with a group of armed men behind them.
The around 10 masked and armed terrorists are holding up black flags, similar to the ones the terrorist group ISIS (IS) uses.
The Canadian Robert Hall says in the recording that he's okay, but stressed that they are in great danger.
- I ask you to contact the Canadian government and ask them to cooperate with the Philippine government to end the bombing and artillery fire that is going on here, says Hall, who sits next to his Filipino girlfriend, Marites Flor, which was also taken hostage on 22 September.
The video ends with the Islamic terrorists frenetically shouting Takbir (Allah is the greatest).
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