An australian, mr Warren Rodwell, 53, is being held on the southern island of Basilan, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf, which is led by Puruji Indama, a notorious terrorist commander blamed for a spate of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings.
Advertisement. He was taken from his house in a village near the seaside town of Ipil on Mindanao island, four hours by speedboat from Basilan.

Police have also blamed Indama for kidnapping US woman Gerfa Lunsmann, her son Kevin and a Filipino relative in July in Zamboanga City, several kilometres from Basilan.The three were released separately.Indama has been linked to numerous kidnappings in Basilan and Zamboanga City in recent years.