Abu Sayyaf group beheads German hostage

The Abu Sayyaf extremist group has beheaded the German hostage they were holding for ransom since last year, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday quoting SITE intelligence group.

A video posted by the terror group showing German hostage JurgenKantner being killed by a knife-wielding man. The video appeared to confirm preliminary reports received by the Philippine government officials that the extremist Islamic group had killed Kantner.

Presidential peace advisor Jesus Dureza has confirmed the barbaric beheading and condemned those responsible.

A report by Al Jazeera television network showed a video of the elderly captive slumped on a grassy lot and a man holding a knife to his neck. Now they will kill me, Kantner said before he was executed.

The extremists had previously demanded a ransom of P30 million ($600,000) by Sunday to spare the 70-year old hostage.

Kantner was abducted from his yacht the Rockall, in waters off Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao last year. The vessel was found drifting on November 27 with the body of Kantner’s female companion, Sabine Merz, 50, bearing a gunshot wound.

The couple had previously been kidnapped and held for 52 days in Somalia in 2008 before they were freed.

In a statement, Dureza said: Up to the last moment, many sectors, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines exhausted all efforts to save his life. We all tried our best, but to no avail.

The terror group is holding at least 19 foreigners and seven Filipinos hostage, according to military resources.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)