Militants behead German hostage in Philippines

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)

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