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Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by p.k. katharason, philip golingai, ruben sario, stephanie lee, AND joseph kaos jr
PETALING JAYA: More details are beginning to emerge of Alhabsi Misaya, the notorious Abu Sayyaf leader, who is said to be holding marine policeman Kons Zakiah Aleip hostage in southern Philippines.
He is one of the gunmen responsible for the beheading of seven factory workers in Jolo, in southern Philippines in 2007, as discovered in an online video.
The 14-minute video clip, recorded by Alhabsi himself, sees a group of gunmen leading the hostages to different spots in the jungle where the brutal act is carried out.
Alhabsi can be heard reciting Quranic verses as the first hostage is made to lie face down before his head is pulled back by one of the gunmen and severed with what appears to be an army knife.
The next hostage is then led a few hundred metres away and meets a similar fate, much to the enjoyment of Alhabsi, who is heard giggling and chanting ‘Allahuakbar’ (God is great).
The recording depicts the killing of each worker in gory detail, and at one point, Alhabsi even zooms in on a severed head while making a celebratory comment.
Later, he very briefly turns the camera to himself, and the face is clearly visible to be that of the man identified by Philippine and Malaysian intelligence forces as the rising leader in the Abu Sayyaf terror group.
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