Philippine troops recover remains of beheaded German
Philippine soldiers have found the remains of a German man, who was beheaded by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants last week, a military official said on Saturday,
Both the head and body of Jurgen Kantner were recovered while the troops were conducting combat, search and retrieval operations in Indanan town in the southern province of Sulu, Colonel Cirilito Sobejana said.
Kantner’s remains would be kept in a hospital morgue in Sulu while documents were being prepared to transport the body, said Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu.
The Philippines and Germany have condemned Kantner’s killing by the militants, who posted a video of the murder after a deadline for a US$600,000 (RM2.6 million) ransom passed.
President Rodrigo Duterte has apologised to Germany for failing to save Kantner while insisting that ransoms should not be paid.
The Philippine military has vowed to bring Kantner’s killers to justice and to continue operations to free other hostages held by Abu Sayyaf.
Philippine marines looking for the body of Jurgen Kantner in Indanan town, Sulu province, Mindanao recently.