Al-Qaida-linked terrorists have killed two farmers, one of whom they kidnapped during an attack on a Christian village in the southern Philippines, officials said Monday.
About 50 Abu Sayyaf gunmen swooped down on the village of Arco in Lamitan township on Basilan Island on Friday, abducting two farmers and later shooting to death a third villager whom they met while fleeing toward a mountain rain forest, military officials said.
Government forces pursuing the terrorists found the decapitated body of one of the two kidnapped farmers on Sunday. Led by Abu Sayyaf commander Furuji Indama, the militants were still holding one farmer, regional marine spokesman Capt. Neil Estrella said.
"These are plain outlaws. They will kill whoever is in their path," Estrella said.
The Abu Sayyaf apparently attacked the predominantly Roman Catholic village to disrupt a Lenten event and extort money from villagers, Estrella said.