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Abducted German Sailor Found Dead In Philippines

5th March 2017
The island of Sulu in the southern Philippines is the stronghold of kidnap-for-ransom terror group Abu Sayyaf The island of Sulu in the southern Philippines is the stronghold of kidnap-for-ransom terror group Abu Sayyaf Photo: OpenStreetMap

#Piracy - The body of a German sailor held hostage by militants in the Philippines late last year has been found, as RTÉ News reports.

Seventy-year-old Jurgen Kantner was murdered last week by terror group Abu Sayyaf after their ransom demands of more than half a million euros were not met, according to the Philippine government.

Kantner had been captured in November by the IS-aligned militant group, who killed his companion Sabine Merz when their yacht Rockall was boarded off the southern Philippines in an kidnapping blackspot, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

The incident came eight years after the couple had been held hostage for 52 days by Somali pirates at the Horn of Africa.

RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

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