Philip­pine troops re­cover re­mains of be­headed Ger­man

New Straits Times - - World -

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.

AFP PIC

Philip­pine marines look­ing for the body of Jur­gen Kant­ner in In­danan town, Sulu prov­ince, Min­danao re­cently.

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