Philippines condemns ‘barbaric beheading’ of German hostage | Information


MANILA The Philippines on Monday condemned the “barbaric beheading” of a German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants, who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a $600,000 ransom handed.

The video confirmed a machete-wielding militant behead the aged German hostage, Jurgen Kantner, who had appealed for assist twice briefly video messages, saying he can be killed if ransom was not paid.

Jesus Dureza, presidential adviser on the Philippine peace course of, mentioned officers had exhausted all efforts to avoid wasting Kantner, who was held on the tiny southern island of Jolo, however to no avail.

“We grieve as we strongly condemn the barbaric beheading of yet one more kidnap sufferer,” Dureza mentioned in an announcement.

“…Terrorism has no place in a rustic like ours and we as a folks should confront violent extremism each time it rears its ugly head. There have to be a cease to this killing of the harmless and the helpless.”

He didn’t point out the demand for ransom.

Kantner and his companion have been taken captive in November whereas crusing on a 53-footer yacht close to Sabah, jap Malaysia, and dropped at Jolo. His companion was shot lifeless when she tried to withstand the militants.

Final 12 months, Abu Sayyaf beheaded two Canadians on Jolo however their two companions, a Filipino girl and a Norwegian, have been freed.

The group has made tens of thousands and thousands of from ransom cash because it was fashioned within the 1990s, safety specialists say, channeling it into weapons, grenade launchers, high-powered boats and trendy tools.

Abu Sayyaf is believed to be holding 26 hostages – 13 Vietnamese, seven Filipinos, a Dutch nationwide, a Japanese, two Indonesians and two Malaysians. They’ve freed a number of others in return for ransom funds.

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato in MANILA and Ali Abdelaty in CAIRO; Writing by Eric Knecht; Enhancing by Toby Chopra and Nick Macfie)