BERLIN, February 28 (PNA/Xinhua) — The German government on Monday condemned the Abu Sayyaf’s brutal killing of a German citizen.
The Abu Sayyaf published a video showing the beheading process of the 70-year-old man, Juergen Gustav Kantner.
Kantner was abducted in early November when he encountered the terrorist group. He was traveling with his partner Sabine Merz off Sabah in Malaysia.
Merz was killed on the scene by the terrorists.
Abu Sayyaf had demanded a ransom of P30 million (about US$598,000) by Sunday.
Both Philippine and German governments stuck to principle and did not give any money.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the act as “barbaric” and “abhorrent” and called for a world united front against terrorism.
Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert also expressed his shock.
The Abu Sayyaf group is believed to have links with the Islamic State militants in the Middle East. (PNA/Xinhua)