Militants behead German hostage in Philippines

| Updated: Feb 28, 2017 03:31 IST

New York [U.S.], Feb. 27 (ANI): Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines beheaded a German hostage after the deadline passed to pay his ransom passed. A video posted by the Philippines-based Islamist extremist group Abu Sayyaf and distributed by SITE Intelligence Group identifies the man as Jurgen Kantner, who has been held captive since November, reports CNN. A German official said the government was still checking the video's authenticity. The group had demanded 30 million Philippine pesos ($600,000) in exchange for Kantner's release, setting a deadline of February 26. The beheading comes in the backdrop of the Philippine government waging a war against Abu Sayyaf, based in the country's far south region. Abu Sayyaf is a violent extremist group of some 200 to 400 members that is largely fragmented. The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, but the southern region has historically had a large Muslim population. (ANI)