Philip­pines mil­i­tary sus­pect she re­sisted ab­duc­tors

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The Philip­pine mil­i­tary is ver­i­fy­ing a claim by Abu Sayyaf mil­i­tants that they have kid­napped a Ger­man man from a yacht and shot and killed his fe­male com­pan­ion, whose sus­pected body was found in the aban­doned boat in the south­ern Philip­pines, of­fi­cials said.

Re­gional mil­i­tary spokesman Ma­jor File­mon Tan said Abu Sayyaf spokesman Mua­mar Askali had claimed the mil­i­tants kid­napped Jue­gen Kant­ner and killed the woman while the cou­ple were cruis­ing off neigh­bour­ing Malaysia’s Sabah state.

It’s not clear why the woman was pur­port­edly killed, but it’s pos­si­ble she may have fought back or tried to es­cape, Tan and an­other mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said.

Vil­lagers re­ported find­ing a dead woman ly­ing be­side a shot­gun on board a light blue yacht with the Ger­man flag and marked Rock­all off La­paran Is­land in Sulu prov­ince, Tan said. The south­ern prov­ince is where the ran­som-seek­ing mil­i­tants hold their hostages in jun­gle en­camp­ments.

Troops took cus­tody of the woman’s body and the yacht yes­ter­day. The body and the yacht were be­ing ex­am­ined by po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors in Tawi Tawi prov­ince, near Sulu, as part of ef­forts to ver­ify the Abu Sayyaf’s claim, the mil­i­tary’s Western Min­danao Com­mand said in a state­ment.

“Alarm­ing is that the body found was naked and had sev­eral con­tu­sions to the face and was pos­si­bly raped,” the mil­i­tary said.

If the at­tack on the cou­ple is con­firmed, it would be the lat­est in a wave of at­tacks at sea by the Abu Sayyaf and al­lied gun­men de­spite ef­forts by the Philip­pines, Malaysia and In­done­sia au­thor­i­ties to jointly shore up se­cu­rity in their busy sea bor­der.

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