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German sailors abducted, killed in Philippines: military

MANILA - Islamic militants who specialise in kidnappings-for-ransom have reported killing a German sailor and abducting her elderly male companion from their yacht in waters off the southern Philippines, the military said Monday.

A commander from the Abu Sayyaf group, which has earned many millions of dollars by kidnapping foreigners and beheaded others after ransom demands were not met, claimed responsibility for the latest incidents, regional military spokesman Filemon Tan told AFP.
    Tan said the military had recovered the couple's yacht, and the body of a naked white woman who had been shot was aboard.
    He said the military had listened to an audio recording of a known Abu Sayyaf leader claiming responsibility for the raid on the yacht, and the abducted German man also spoke on the phone call.
    The abducted man identified himself as Jurgen Kantner, aged 70, and his companion as Sabine, according to Tan.
    It appeared the victims were the same as those abducted by Somali pirates off the Gulf of Aden and held hostage for 52 days in 2008.

Published : November 07, 2016

By : Agence France-Presse