An al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group that kidnapped Australian adventurer Warren Rodwell in the Phillipines last month is demanding a $2 million dollar ransom for his release. Rodwell, an ex-army serviceman who has spent the past decade living in more than 30 countries, was taken at gunpoint from his home on the southern island of Mindanao on December 5 by members of the group Abu Sayyaf. In a hostage video leaked to the press this week, an injured and haggard looking Rodwell requested that his family and the Australian embassy do all they can to raise the money for his release. On Thursday, Australian authorities said they would not pay a ransom but would do all they could to ensure Rodwell's safety.
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