However, the location of the resort, near the city of Davao, was considered relatively safe. Between the victims is the manager of the resort, Mr. Kjartan Sekkingstad. Kidnappings and violence occurred many times in Mindano between government troops and several rebel groups, including Muslim extremists who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. “Now, it’s not clear which group is involved,” Captain Caber said. Matt Williams, country director in the Philippines for Pacific Strategies & Assessments, a risk-management and security firm, said Westerners in Mindanao had rarely been targeted for abduction in recent years. In this case it’s supposed the four were targeted. Capt. Alberto Caber, regional military spokesperson, said about 30 foreigners where present when armed men arrived.