Earlier this week Islamists carried out their threat to behead a man taken hostage on 21 September 2015 in The Philippines. We now know that two Australians came within metres of being taken that night.
Australian man Gary Goldsworthy says he and his partner were asleep on their yacht at the Holiday Ocean View Resort on Samal Island on Monday when they were awoken by what they initially believed to be a domestic dispute.
"Initially we thought it was some sort of domestic dispute, we weren't expecting this sort of attack," he told SBS World News. "We had been led to believe that this was quite a safe area."Looking through a port hole they saw men take two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager, and a Filipino women away at gunpoint.
Mr Goldworthy said he and others who knew the people who were taken are desperate to find them.
"Our biggest concern now is for our fellow yachstmen, who have been taken. Obviously, it has been two days and we haven't heard anything."
A man walks inside the compound of Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort, on Samal Island in southern Philippines
Philippines army Captain Alberto Caber said there were about 30 foreign tourists at the resort at the time of the raid.
Mr Goldworthy said it was pure luck that saw him and his partner avoid the same fate.
"We were lucky. Possibly one of the reasons we weren't targeted was because the boat was new in the marina," he said.
"I'm assuming that whoeever did the attack would have had to plan it. Our boat was new in the marina, and we had been away all weekend."
Here is CCTV of the gunmen that night, 21 September 2015.
Australian man Gary Goldsworthy spoke about his close escape with SBS on 22 September last year.
It lists the world's hot-spots where you're most likely to face the threat of being taken hostage:
We assess that the threat of kidnapping is highest in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Malaysia (eastern Sabah), large parts of North Africa and West Africa, the southern Philippines, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. See under 'Particular areas of concern' below.
Countries where the threat of kidnapping is also prevalent include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia and Turkey.
But the words Islam, Islamic or Muslim do not appear on the Australia Government's threat lists at all. It's not that the Australian Government is shy about mentioning specific terrorist groups - just as long as they're not Muslim. Colombia's FARC and the National Liberation Army get singled out. Australia pretends Islamic terror doesn't exist - and if we're confronted with it, we seem to be at pains to say it has nothing to do with Islam.
Well if the Australian Government won't do it, we will.
Here's what Muhammad told his followers about hostages, ransoms and killings.
Abu Sayyaf is another jihad group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
Kidnapping infidels and releasing them for ransom or enslaving them, as well as killing them if that option is deemed most advantageous for the Muslims, is fully sanctioned in Islamic law: “As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, ‘When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks’ (Qur’an sura 47, verse 4)” — Abu’l-Hasan al-Mawardi, al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance), trans. by Dr. Asadullah Yate, (London), Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd., 1996, p. 192.
The Australian Government's ability to provide consular assistance to Australian citizens may be severely limited in locations where we recommend against all travel and in places where the security situation is particularly dangerous or access is limited.
Should an Australian be kidnapped, the Australian Government will work closely with the government of the country in which the kidnapping has taken place, as well as other governments, to ensure that all appropriate action to resolve the situation is pursued actively. We will provide information to families on what they can expect and provide them with clear and up-to-date information on developments in the case to help them make informed decisions.
The Australian Government does not make payments or concessions to kidnappers. The Australian Government considers that paying a ransom increases the risk of further kidnappings, including of other Australians. Ransom payments to kidnappers, many of whom are associated with proscribed terrorist groups, are also known to have funded subsequent terrorist attacks.
Where to get help
You can obtain consular assistance from the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact an Australian diplomatic mission, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.