Islamic Terrorists Behead German Hostage in the Philippines’ Sulu Province

ICC Note:

A rise in Islamist extremism is forcing the Philippines’ into high alert. As if to underscore the increasing fear, the Islamic State (ISIS) linked Abu Sayyaf extremist group with beheading German hostage Jurgen Kantner in the Sulu province after the government failed to pay $600,000 in ransom. Before his death, Kanter pleaded for the authorities to pay the ransom to save his life. A local pastor, requesting anonymity, explained that around 3,000 Islamists recently held a meeting on a Philippines’ island. “The villagers – Christian or not – are all in fear. At night, the Islamists coerce men into going to the mosques. Some men have never been seen again. When they see you out on the street, they’ll come get you. One man who went to the mosque on 6 February never came back home.”

03/02/2017 Philippines (Christian Today) – Islamist extremism is rising in the Philippines, prompting Christians to sound the alarm, the World Watch Monitor (WWM) reported.

As if to underscore the rising security threats in the Southeast Asian country, the Islamic State (ISIS)-linked Abu Sayyaf extremist group beheaded German hostage Jurgen Kantner on Monday in Sulu province. This was confirmed by the Philippine government after a video showing the execution was monitored by the intelligence group SITE, according to ABS-CBN News.

A local pastor, who requested anonymity, told WWM that around 3,000 Islamists recently held a meeting on one island.

“The villagers – Christian or not – are all in fear. At night, the Islamists coerce men into going to the mosques. Some men have never been seen again,” the pastor said. “When they see you out on the street, they’ll come get you. One man who went to the mosque on 6 February never came back home.”

The pastor said he found out recently that the Islamists threatened to burn a church being built by the Seventh Day Adventist and force the workers and Christians in the area to leave.

Meanwhile, the Philippines and Germany both condemned on Monday the beheading of Kantner, a 70-year-old German, by the Abu Sayyaf after the group failed to get the $600,000 ransom they demanded, Reuters reported.

Kantner had appealed for the authorities to pay the ransom to save his life.

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