Wanted: Dead or Demised
Khadafy Janjalani, suspected of kidnapping missionary Gracia Burnham, is believed to be killed. Meanwhile the mastermind of the Tucker-Menchaca kidnap and murder has been captured. Lots of coverage from Gateway Pundit. Is Janjalani dead? The Philippines is notorious for generating news stories which turn out to be false, as in the case of the supposed capture of Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron. One possible indication Janalani has truly died is that the press is already remembering him fondly.
Basilan hostages whom the group kidnapped in Tumahubong in 2000 said in an interview that Khaddafy, unlike the group’s spokesman Abu Sabaya, was "kind." "He was gentle and he would always give instructions to his men to take it easy with the kidnapped children," said 14-year old Charry Vergara who survived almost two months of captivity by the Abu Sayyaf.
A teacher who was also hostaged by the bandits was thankful that "between two evils," it was Khaddafy who led the kidnapping in Claret High School and not the grim Abu Sabaya who led the kidnapping at the nearby elementary school. "Sabaya was more violent and harsh. Khaddafy was at least meek and kind to the hostages," the teacher recalled.
Another kidnap victim said Khaddafy was good looking. "He did not at all look like he was a bandit," said a young female student after seeing the young Abu Sayyaf leader.