German hostage beheaded by Philippine Islamists

The video shows Kantner sitting in a grassy clearing and saying “Now he kill me” shortly before a masked militant beheads him with a curved knife.Kantner’s deadline for ransom had expired on Sunday, according to SITE. The southern portion of the Philippines has recently been emerging as a central location of the regions extremist terror groups after ISIL made Isnilon Hapilon its Southeast Asia commander a year ago.Kantner and his partner Sabine Merz were kidnapped from their boat off the coast of Malaysia, and Merz’s body was found on the boat soon after the kidnapping.”We grieve as we strongly condemn the barbaric beheading of yet another kidnap victim”, Dureza said in a statement. Trump ban: French historian detained for 10 hours
I don’t understand why he would have been in for the several hours that he was. Rousso was legally traveling to the United States as a French citizen. The same couple were abducted by Somali pirates and held hostage for 58 days off the Gulf of Aden in 2008.Armed Forces spokesman Edgard Arevalo said they were seeking the help of the local government units in Sulu and the Moro National Liberation Front in locating the victim’s body if, indeed, he had been beheaded.A Philippine police report said Mr Kantner had been killed in the Indanan area of southern Sulu province on Sunday afternoon.AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año said they were still verifying the report and have yet to receive confirmation on the ground.He is believed to have been killed by an Abu Sayyaf band led by Muammar Askali, alias Abu Rami. Crude Prices End Higher as Investors Grapple With Production
USA crude production at 9 million barrels a day last week was the highest level since early April 2016, according to the EIA data. In addition, USA oil rig count increased for the sixth straight week to the highest level in more than fourteen months. Dureza said authorities had tried their best to locate and free Kantner but “to no avail”. They were released after a six-figure ransom was paid.Since 1991, the Abu Sayyaf – armed with mostly improvised explosive devices, mortars and automatic rifles – has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortions in a self-determined fight for an independent province in the Philippines.The military has been driving an offensive against The Abu Sayyaf with a series of air strikes directed at the group hidden away in the mountains.Kantner was kidnapped by the ASG bandits while his yacht “Rockall” was cruising off Sulu waters last November.”Another precious life had been needlessly lost. I don’t care about pirates and governments”, he told reporters from AFP in 2009. BlackBerry KeyOne Launched; Specs and Price Details | Shipment By April 2017
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