An Islamic terrorist group recently released a video that shows the beheading of German sailor Jurgen Gustav Kantner in the Philippines. The militant group said that Kantner’s ransom was not paid in time.
According to Fox News, the terror group Abu Sayyaf wanted $605,000 in exchange for Kantner’s release. This same group has millions of dollars in ransom payments and still holds 26 hostages, Reuters reports.
The video of Kantner’s beheading circulated through the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites.
The terror group claims it had taken the sailor hostage in November, along with a woman who was later found dead on a yacht in the southern Philippines, according to Fox.
Gen. Restituto Padilla of the Philippines said he “will not dignify that video by watching it,” according to reports. “They can shout and claim whatever they want, but we will not rely on this.”
German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer also said that experts are currently trying to determine whether or not the video is real.
“It makes you question what can lead people to commit such a barbaric crime. But, at the moment, I’m not in a position to say whether the video’s authentic,” he said.
H/T: Fox News
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