Abu Sayyaf launched a video right this moment (Wednesday, January 11) apparently exhibiting kidnapped German Jurgen Kantner standing in a freshly dug grave surrounded by masked militants.
Mr Kantner, aged 70, is seen carrying the by now acquainted orange jumpsuit as armed terrorists, standing in entrance of the black flag of the so-called Islamic State, threaten the German authorities in each Arabic and English.
“To the German government: it seems that you are not paying attention to our demands. Failure to pay the ransom will cause the beheading of this German citizen,” one of many masked males will be heard saying.
The German international ministry declined to touch upon the video, pointing to its coverage of not discussing circumstances involving Germans kidnapped overseas.
As we reported in November (right here) troopers discovered the physique of Sabine Merz, Mr Kantner’s spouse, on an deserted yacht in Tawi Tawi, in the southernmost province of the Philippines, and a part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
The ISIS-affiliated group confirmed that it was holding Mr Kantner. The chief of the terrorist organisation, Muamar Askali, mentioned: “Unfortunately, the other one died. She tried to shoot us, so we shot her. She died.”
Her physique was discovered bare and with gunshot wounds on the yacht, which flew a German flag and was docked on the distant island in the Sulu archipelago.
Since March, the militant group has been Abu Sayyaf rebels have been intercepting slow-moving tug boats towing coal barges in waters close to the borders of Malaysia and the Philippines, taking captive greater than a dozen Indonesian and Malaysian sailors.
Several hostages have been freed, after paying ransoms to the group, together with two Canadians.
It is believed to be presently holding 15 captives, together with a Netherlands citizen, 5 Malaysians, two Indonesians and 7 Filipinos.
Earlier this week, President Duterte reiterated his dedication to crush the Islamist rebels.
It remains to be unknown whether or not the bloodbath of eight fishermen this week (see our report right here) was carried out by Abu Sayyaf. No group has claimed duty, and investigations are ongoing.
As we completely reported right here, Mr Kantner and his spouse had beforehand been held by pirates in Somalia.
In June 2008, the couple have been steering their sailboat by Somali waters when armed pirates captured them and introduced them ashore to a mountain hideout.
After 52 days in captivity and horrific situations involving mock executions, the pair have been rescued after a ransom — believed to have been $600,000 — was paid by unknown officers.
Mr Kantner then earned himself the nickname of “The Mad German Sailor” amongst locals, after he returned to the Somalian metropolis of Berbera to retrieve his ship.
Abu Sayyaf continues to draw jihadists from internationally. Last week we reported on an ongoing court docket case in the UK, the place a 28-year-old grocery store employee is accused of making an attempt to be a part of the group. Read our report right here.